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Where did the German Stiffel family come from? When did the Stiffel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stiffel family history?The distinguished and ancient German surname is of two possible origins. Firstly, it is derived from the German word "Stiefel," meaning "boot." In this instance, it is likely that the original bearer of the name was a boot-maker. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Middle Low German term "stief," meaning "stiff, rigid, unbending." In this case, the name would have been initially bestowed as a nickname on someone who was particularly stiff or stubborn.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Stiefel, Stiefler, Stival, Stivel, Stiffler, Stiffle and many more.
First found in Swabia, where it is thought to have first emerged. The young Stiffel family was instrumental during this formative period, figuring prominently in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval Swabian society.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stiffel research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1357, 1362, 1401, 1487, 1567, and 1847 are included under the topic Early Stiffel History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Stiffel Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
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