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

The surname Nagel is derived from the Norman surname de Angulo. The Gaelic form of this surname is de Nógla.


Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations of the name Nagel that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: Nagle, Nangle, Neagle, Naigle, Naegle, Naigel, Nagell, Nagele, Naegell, Naigel, Naigell, Nagale, Naigall, Nanegle, Nangel, Nangell, Nangale, Naingale, Naingel, Naingle, O'Nagel, O'Nagle, O'Naigle and many more.

First found in at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SW Wales, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The Nagel surname arrived Cork, where Gilbert D'Angulo accompanied Strongbow into Ireland in 1172.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nagel research. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1689, 1757, 1830, 1719, 1784, 1636, 1699, 1686, 1691 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Nagel History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 123 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nagel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Nagel:

Nagel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margaritje Nagel, who landed in America in 1649
  • Margaritje Denys Nagel, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1649
  • Jurriaen Jansen Nagel, aged 5, landed in New York in 1658

Nagel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Herman Nagel, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Hans Jacob Nagel, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Jacob Nagel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1730
  • Jacob Nagel, who arrived in America in 1730
  • Johannes Nagel, who landed in North Carolina in 1732

Nagel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antony Nagel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Johanes Nagel, aged 19, landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Heinnch Nagel, aged 27, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Johann Karl Nagel, who landed in North America in 1843
  • Adam Nagel, who settled in Illinois in 1844

Nagel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward Nagel, aged 19, landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1909
  • Emilie Nagel, aged 21, arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1909
  • Christina Nagel, aged 43, landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1909
  • Maria Nagel, aged 17, arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1909
  • Rudolf Nagel, aged 11, landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1909

Nagel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Nagel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Matthias Nagel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752


  • Patrick Nagel (1945-1984), American artist
  • Steven R Nagel (1946-2014), American Colonel in the USAF and a former NASA astronaut
  • Thomas Nagel (b. 1937), American professor of Philosophy and Law awarded a Rolf Schock Prize in 2008 for his work in philosophy as well as the Balzan prize the same year
  • Anne Nagel (1915-1966), born Anne Dolan in Boston, an American actress, best known for her appearance with W.C. Fields and Mae West in My Little Chickadee (1940)
  • Charles Nagel (1849-1940), United States politician and lawyer from St. Louis, Missouri, Secretary of Commerce and Labor (1909 to 1913)
  • Conrad Nagel (1897-1897), American screen actor and matinee idol of the silent film era
  • Ernest Nagel (1901-1985), Czech-born, American philosopher of science
  • Stuart Nagel (1934-2001), Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Louis Nagel (b. 1908), distinguished French publisher of travel guides among other works
  • Carsten Nagel (b. 1955), Danish author



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non vox sed votum
Motto Translation: Not in voice but a wish.



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