Kärgel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The colorful history of the German region of Silesia provides the setting for oldest origins of the Kärgel family surname. The name Kärgel comes from the Middle High German word "karc," meaning "cunning," or "sly." As such, the surname was most likely originally a nickname which later became a surname.

Early Origins of the Kärgel family

The surname Kärgel was first found in Silesia, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Ancient chronicles first mention Heinczel Kergel of Prague (c.1321,) Nicolaus Karger of Olmuetz (c.1361,) and Wigund Karge of Hessen (c.1265).

Early History of the Kärgel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kärgel research. Another 379 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1598, 1723, 1709, 1774, 1813, 1827, 1837, 1841, 1846, 1613, 1614 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Kärgel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kärgel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Karg, Karger, Kaerg, Kaerger, Karge, Kaerge, Kaergel, Kerg, Kerger, Kergel, Kerge, Karc and many more.

Early Notables of the Kärgel family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kärgel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kärgel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kärgel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hermann Kargel, aged 31, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893 [1]


  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)


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