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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Vorchtel, Vörchtel, Vorchdorfer, Vocktel, Vockel, Vechtel, Vechten, Förchtl, Virgil, Virtual, Virchel and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name Vorchtel was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Virtual research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1749 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Virtual History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Virtual Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry A. Forcht, who came to South Dakota ; Henrich Vocke, who settled in Newfoundland in 1775-1781; J. Forchtel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850.

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  10. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
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The Virtual Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Virtual 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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