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The Biel surname finds its roots with the Low German word "bil," meaning "hatchet."

Biel Early Origins



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.

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Biel Spelling Variations


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Biel Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Biel, Biele, Bielle, Biehl, Biehle, Biehlle and others.

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Biel Early History


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Biel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biel research. Another 217 words (16 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.

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Biel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Biel Early Notables (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...

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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Biel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Lutwig Biel, who came to Philadelphia in 1750
  • Jacob Biel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Biel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • P C Biel, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Carl Biel settled in Texas in 1851
  • Carl Biel, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1851

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Motto


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Motto



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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    6. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 2 September 2014 at 14:32.

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