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Where did the German Engle family come from? What is the German Engle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Engle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Engle family history?

The surname Engle 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 Engle was derived from various Germanic personal names. The name Engle is a short form of given names such as Engelbert or Engelhard.


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 Engle include Engel, Engels, Engell, Engeler, Engeli, Aingel, Aingell, Aengel, Aengell, Aingeler, Engele, Aingele, Engler, Engebretson, Engelbrekt, Engelbretson, Engebrecht, Engelbrecht, Engelbrecher, Engelbert and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Engle research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1772, 1630, 1674, 1669 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Engle History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Engle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Engle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Engle, who arrived in New Jersey in 1730
  • William Engle, who landed in New Jersey in 1730
  • Anna Engle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Conrade Engle, aged 24, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Johan Peter Engle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748

Engle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martin Engle, aged 25, landed in Missouri in 1842
  • Nicholas Engle, who arrived in Maryland in 1844
  • Louis Engle, aged 6, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Sebastian Engle, aged 50, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Helena Engle, aged 11, landed in New York, NY in 1850

Engle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • M C A Engle, who landed in Arkansas in 1904
  • Christina Engle, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Ellindelor, German, in 1910
  • Eva Engle, aged 37, who landed in America from Frankfurt/M, Germany, in 1923


  • Darleen Engle (1936-1985), Hollywood costume designer who designed costumes for such television shows as Wonder Woman and The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Clair Engle (1911-1964), American politician, U.S. senator from California
  • Clyde Engle (1884-1939), major league baseball player, later coached at the Vermont and Yale universities
  • Dave Engle (b. 1956), American baseball player
  • Jacob Engle (b. 1974), American investor, longshoreman, all around cool guy
  • Joe Henry Engle (b. 1932), former NASA Astronaut with over 224 hours in space
  • Paul Engle (1908-1991), American poet and author
  • Rip Engle (1906-1983), American college football coach
  • Robert F. Engle (b. 1942), American economist, Nobel prize winner
  • Trevor Engle (b. 1975), American football player




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The Engle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Engle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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