The Burgel surname refers to a citizen of a borough, from the Middle High German "burc," meaning a "fortified town." As a surname, Burgel may also come from one of the many place names in the region.
Early Origins of the Burgel family
The surname Burgel was first found in Austria
, where the name Burger made a great early contribution to the feudal
society of early Europe. The Burger family became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses where family members continued to play important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which occurred as each group sought to maximize its power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Burgel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burgel research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1851, 1854, 1747, 1794, 1773, 1834, 1881, 1872 and 1876 are included under the topic Early Burgel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Burgel 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 Burgel include Burger, Burgger, Burrger, Burgerr, Buerger, Buergger, Buergerr, Borger, Borgger, Borgger, Borgerr, Boerger, Boergger, Boerrger, Boergerr, Burgen, Buergen, Borgen, Boergen, Burgel, Buergel, Borgel, Boergel, Burgele, Buergele, Borgele, Boergele and many more.
Early Notables of the Burgel family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Burgel were Gottfried August Burger (1747-1794), German Romantic poet, who was best known for his ballad "Lenore" which was... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burgel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Burgel family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name Burgel or a variant listed above include: Johannes Burger who was recorded as having arrived in New Netherlands
in 1663; Evan Burgen arrived in Virginia in 1643; Philip Burgen who arrived in Maryland in 1678.