Biel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Biel surname finds its roots with the Low German word "bil," meaning "hatchet."
Early Origins of the Biel family
The surname Biel was first found in the duchy of Brunswick, where the family emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Biel family
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Biel Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Biel, Biele, Bielle, Biehl, Biehle, Biehlle and others.
Early Notables of the Biel family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Biel at this time were Gabriel Biel, a scholastic philosopher, who was born in Speier in the early 1400s. He was the first professor at the University of Tuebingen, which was founded in 1477. He was twice...
In the United States, the name Biel is the 13,106th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Biel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Biel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Biel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: Propositi tenax
Motto Translation: Tenacious of my resolve.