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Where did the German Giebel family come from? What is the German Giebel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Giebel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Giebel family history?

The Giebel family originated in Bavaria, Germany. As hereditary surnames were adopted in that area beginning in the 12th century, people were often identified by the kind of work they did. Giebel is an occupational name for a maker or dealer of "goblets" or "tankards." Further research revealed that the name is derived from the German noun "gobel," which means "drinking vessel."

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Giebel include Gobel, Gobell, Goebel, Goebell, Gobeler, Goebeler and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to its emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Giebel research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1732 and 1766 are included under the topic Early Giebel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Giebel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Giebels to arrive in North America, and among them were: Conrath Gobel, who came to Philadelphia in 1738.

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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  8. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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The Giebel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Giebel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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