The surname Engele emerged in the ancient German province of Westphalia
, which lies between the Rhine and Wesser rivers. Two of the common types of hereditary surnames
found in the Westphalia
surnames, which were derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which were derived from the mother's given name. The surname Engele was derived from various Germanic personal names. The name Engele is a short form of given names such as Engelbert or Engelhard.
Early Origins of the Engele family
The surname Engele was first found in Bremen, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local
social and political affairs.
Early History of the Engele family
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Engele Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Engele include Engel, Engels, Engell, Engeler, Engeli, Aingel, Aingell, Aengel, Aengell, Aingeler, Engele, Aingele, Engler, Engebretson, Engelbrekt, Engelbretson, Engebrecht, Engelbrecht, Engelbrecher, Engelbert and many more.
Early Notables of the Engele family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Engele family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia
as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian
farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of 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 settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them:
Engele Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Franziska Engele, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1894
- Gustav Engele, aged 14, who settled in America, in 1894
- Johanne Engele, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
- Gottlob Engele, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1897
Engele Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Wilhelmine Engele, aged 14, who emigrated to America from Heilbroun, in 1900
- Florence Engele, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1913
- Pauline Engele, aged 24, who landed in America from Backnang, Germany, in 1922
- Arnold Engele, aged 19, who landed in America from Lehe, Germany, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Engele (post 1700)
- Jerome Wilfred Engele (b. 1950), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman