Drexel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Drexel is of German origin. It is derived from the Middle High German "Drehseler," meaning "turner," and was most likely initially borne by a turner or lathe worker.

Early Origins of the Drexel family

The surname Drexel was first found in the region of Thuringia, where this particular variation first emerged. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Herman der Drahsil, who was living in Weingarten, a town just beyond the borders of Thuringia, in 1270. The Drexel family was an integral part of a feudal society which would shape modern European history, and played an important role in the development of German society.

Early History of the Drexel family

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Drexel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Drechsler, Drechsel, Drexler, Drexel, Drexell, Drachsler, Drachsel, Draxler, Draxel, Draxell, Dressler, Dressel, Trechsler, Trechsel, Trexler, Trexel, Trexell, Trachsler, Trachsel, Traxler, Traxel, Traxell and many more.

Early Notables of the Drexel family (pre 1700)

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United States Drexel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drexel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Erdman Drexel, who arrived in Ohio in 1883 [1]
Drexel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anthony J. Drexel, aged 31, destined for New York City, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Nieuw Amsterdam" from Plymouth [2]
  • Anthony Drexel, aged 32, destined for Lakewood, N J, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Manco" from Barbados, British West Indies [3]
  • Marjorie Drexel, aged 29, destined for Lakewood, N J, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Manco" from Barbados, British West Indies [4]
  • Eric George Drexel, aged 34, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Southampton, England [5]
  • Charles Drexel, aged 37, destined for New York City, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Santa Marta" from Puerto Colombia, Colombia [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Drexel (post 1700) +

  • Joseph William Drexel (1833-1888), American banker, philanthropist and book collector, son of Francis Martin Drexel
  • Francis Martin Drexel (1792-1863), American Philadelphia banker and artist, father of Anthony Joseph Drexel, grandfather of Saint Katherine Drexel
  • Anthony Joseph Drexel Sr. (1826-1893), American banker who co-founded Drexel, Morgan & Co (later J.P. Morgan & Co.) in New York in 1871 and was the founder of Drexel University
  • Saint Katharine Mary Drexel (1858-1955), American heiress, philanthropist and Catholic religious founder who funded several churches and missionary schools, and, upon becoming a nun, she founded and directed the order of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. She was beatified in 1988
  • Drexel Jerome Lewis Bixby (1923-1998), American short story writer and scriptwriter. He wrote the 1953 story "It's a Good Life" which was the basis for a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone and which was included in Twilight Zone: The Movie
  • Drexel Morton, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 11th District, 2012 [7]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64H-224 : 6 December 2014), Anthony J. Drexel, 23 Sep 1919; citing departure port Plymouth, arrival port New York, ship name Nieuw Amsterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6D7-BPJ : 6 December 2014), Anthony Drexel, 26 May 1920; citing departure port Barbados, British West Indies, arrival port New York, ship name Manco, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6D7-BPV : 6 December 2014), Marjorie Drexel, 26 May 1920; citing departure port Barbados, British West Indies, arrival port New York, ship name Manco, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6X3-L6F : 6 December 2014), Eric George Drexel, 20 Nov 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Aquitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6N9-7QM : 6 December 2014), Charles Drexel, 17 Nov 1921; citing departure port Puerto Colombia, Colombia, arrival port New York, ship name Santa Marta, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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