, one of the oldest and largest of the German states, is the birthplace of the Spaengler family. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules. Names derived from occupations were particularly common in this region. Spaengler is an occupational
surname for metal worker having derived from the German word spange, meaning a clasp or buckle of the sort such a craftsman might have designed.
Early Origins of the Spaengler family
The surname Spaengler was first found in Bavaria
, where the name spread to the north and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries such as Holland, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Early History of the Spaengler family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spaengler research.Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1686, 1678, 1719, 1734, 1528, 1604, 1484 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Spaengler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spaengler Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Spaengler include Spengler, Spengel, Spengele, Spengeler, Spenger (Munich), Spaengler, Spaengel, Spangeler, Spangler and many more.
Early Notables of the Spaengler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Spaengler family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So 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 settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Frederick Spengeler, who came to America in 1709 at the age of 53 with his wife and two sons. Fritz Spengler also came with his wife in 1709; Johannes Spengler arrived in Philadelphia in 1731.