The Biel surname finds its roots with the Low German word "bil," meaning "hatchet."
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biel research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1477, and 1791 are included under the topic Early Biel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
of this family name include: Biel, Biele, Bielle, Biehl, Biehle, Biehlle and others.
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... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 reslove.