Engele History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 were patronymic 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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Engele research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1772, 1630, 1674, 1669, 1694 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Engele History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

Notables of the period with the name Engele were Hans Ludwig Engel (1630-1674), a Roman Catholic canon lawyer, best known as the author of "ollegium Universi Juris Canonici", Vice Chancellor at the University of Salzburg (1669); and Ludwig Engel (died 1694)...
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United States Engele migration to the United States +

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 immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Gottlob Engele, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1897
Engele Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wilhelmine Engele, aged 14, who immigrated 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


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