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

The German province of Westphalia nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers, is the birthplace of the distinguished name Spigner. In the German provinces, after the 12th century, hereditary surnames that were derived from occupations became increasingly widespread. Spigner is an occupational name for a person who made or sold mirrors. This distinguished name was originally derived both from the German word "spiegel," which means "mirror" and from the Yiddish word "shpigl," which mean "to look" or "to see." The German word "spiegel" is itself derived from the Old German word "spiagal," from the Latin word "specullum."

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Spigner include Spiegel, Spiegl, Spiegle, Spiegele, Spiegeler, Spiegler, Spiegelmann, Spiegelman, Spiegil, Spiegell, Spiegill, Spegel (northern Germany), Spigeler and many more.

First found in Westphalia, where this noble family name, traced as early as 1100, became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal system.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spigner research. Another 294 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1252, 1257, 1396, 1558, 1764, 1776, 1787, 1805, 1835, and 1837 are included under the topic Early Spigner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spigner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them: Johann Michael Spiegel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1737. Michael Spiegel came in 1741; Samuel Spiegel in 1741; Philip Spiegel in 1743; Johann Remigius Spiegel in 1751.

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The Spigner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spigner 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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