The distinguished and ancient German surname is of two possible origins. Firstly, it is derived from the German word "Stiefel," meaning "boot." In this instance, it is likely that the original bearer of the name was a boot-maker. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Middle Low German term "stief," meaning "stiff, rigid, unbending." In this case, the name would have been initially bestowed as a
on someone who was particularly stiff or stubborn.
The surname Stiffel was first found in Swabia, where it is thought to have first emerged. The young Stiffel family was instrumental during this formative period, figuring prominently in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval Swabian society.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stiffel research.Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1357, 1362, 1401, 1487, 1567, and 1847 are included under the topic Early Stiffel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
of this family name include: Stiefel, Stiefler, Stival, Stivel, Stiffler, Stiffle and many more.
Notables with the surname Stiffel during this period were Michael Stifel (1487-1567), a German priest and mathematician famous for introducing the modern notations for addition, subtraction, and square root, as well as for mathematically determining that Pope Leo... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stiffel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.