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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.

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The surname Engle 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.

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.


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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.

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

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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

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  • Andrew D. Engle, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Warsaw, Indiana, 1956-59
  • Barbara L. Engle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1996
  • Blaine Engle (b. 1887), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County, 1925-26; Member of West Virginia State Senate 12th District, 1927-30
  • Carrie I. Engle, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 6th District, 1924
  • Charles D. Engle, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Haverstraw, New York, 1935-40
  • Clair Engle (1911-1964), American Democrat politician, Member of California State Senate, 1943; U.S. Representative from California 2nd District, 1943-59; U.S. Senator from California, 1959-64
  • Craig Engle, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 2008
  • Cyrus G. Engle, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1909
  • Donna M. Engle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1996
  • Dorothy D. Engle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984

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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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