Show ContentsDengler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestral home of the Dengler family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Dengler is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a farmer or a dealer in spelt, which is a kind of wheat. Spelt, which is a derivative of the Old Germanic word Dinkel, was a grain like barley and wheat that was grown extensively in the German speaking states during the Middle Ages. Spelt was sold as a cereal and formed a large part of the diet at this time. Nonetheless, Dengler is also a local name for a person that came from Dinkelsbuhl, a town in Bavaria in the south of Germany. Dinkelsbuhl, which is one of the best preserved medieval towns, dates back to the 14th century. The Dengler family possessed vast estates and resided in an elegant feudal manor. During the Middle Ages, they became a part of the landed aristocracy and they wielded considerable prestige and influence in the region of Bavaria. Nonetheless, the family expanded into other parts of the German territories after the 16th century.

Early Origins of the Dengler family

The surname Dengler was first found in Bavaria, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Dinkle became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System. Ancient chronicles first mention one Burkart der Dinkel of the town Villgenau in the year 1370.

Early History of the Dengler family

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Dengler 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 Dengler include Dinkel, Dinckels, Dinckel, Dinckle, Dinkler, Dinckelmann, Dinkelman, Tinkel, Tinckel and many more.

Early Notables of the Dengler family

Prominent among members of the name Dengler in this period include Christian Dingler (1802-1858) German founder of the "Dinglerwerk" manufacturing business at Zweibrücken in 1827. He invented a version of a Toggle press which he called the "Zweibrücker-press," but more popularly was known as the "Dingler Press." The printing press was immensely popular throughout Europe...
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Dengler Ranking

In the United States, the name Dengler is the 12,444th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Dengler migration to the United States +

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Dengler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Dengler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [2]
  • Johannes Dengler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
  • John Dengler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [2]
  • Andreas Dengler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
  • Georg Dengler, who arrived in America in 1782 [2]
Dengler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adolphus Dengler, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855 [2]
  • F X Dengler, who arrived in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869-1870 [2]
  • Johann Dengler, who arrived in Ohio in 1879 [2]
  • Goodhart Dengler, who landed in Arkansas in 1882 [2]
  • Charles Dengler, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1895 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dengler (post 1700) +

  • Franz Xavier "Frank" Dengler (1853-1879), American sculptor
  • Carlos Andres Dengler (b. 1974), American musician, best known as the former bass guitarist for the post-punk/rock band Interpol
  • Clyde Russell Dengler (1899-1992), American former member of the Pennsylvania State Senate 1969-1974
  • Lieutenant Dieter Dengler (1938-2001), United States Navy pilot awarded the Navy Cross [3]

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  2. 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)
  3. Dieter Dengler. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Dieter Dengler. Retrieved from on Facebook