The German state of Silesia
is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Circle. In the medieval era, Germany
was fragmented and inhabited by numerous Barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Silesia
derived its name from the Germanic tribe named the Silingers, who occupied Silesia
between the 2nd and the 6th centuries.
Early Origins of the Circle family
The surname Circle was first found in Silesia
, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation. The mediaeval form of the name, "Kirchherr," meant literally "priest" or "servant of the church." The word "Kirchner" is still used in this way today in certain parts of Thuringia.
Early History of the Circle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Circle research.Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1707, 1592, 1657, 1731, 1601 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Circle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Circle Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Kirchner, Circhner, Kirchener, Kerchner, Cerchner, Kirckner, Kerkner, Kerckner, Kercher, Kirchen, Kircher and many more.
Early Notables of the Circle family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the surname Circle were Athanasius Kircher (1601-1680), known as Father Kircher, who was a Jesuit priest famous across Europe for his great... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Circle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Circle family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Circle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Circle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Circle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Circle, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
Contemporary Notables of the name Circle (post 1700)
- Jim Circle, American Republican politician, Chair of Rooks County Republican Party, 2011 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html