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Bavaria, one of the oldest and largest of the German states, is the birthplace of the Spängler family. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules. Names derived from occupations were particularly common in this region. Spängler is an occupational surname for metal worker having derived from the German word spange, meaning a clasp or buckle of the sort such a craftsman might have designed.

Spängler Early Origins



The surname Spängler was first found in Bavaria, where the name spread to the north and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries such as Holland, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

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Spängler Spelling Variations


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Spängler 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 Spängler include Spengler, Spengel, Spengele, Spengeler, Spenger (Munich), Spaengler, Spaengel, Spangeler, Spangler and many more.

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Spängler Early History


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Spängler Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spängler research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1686, 1678, 1719, 1734, 1528, 1604, 1484 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Spängler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spängler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spängler Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spängler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Spängler surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Spängler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael Spangler, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Michael Spangler, aged 26, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Bolser Spangler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • John George Spangler, who landed in New York in 1784

Spängler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Spangler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • George Spangler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • W Spangler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spängler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spängler (post 1700)



  • Steve Spangler, Emmy Award winning author and professional speaker
  • Spanky Spangler, American stuntman, claims to be the youngest Green Beret
  • Lester Spangler (1906-1933), American Indy 500 race car driver
  • Jean Spangler (1923-1949), Hollywood dancer and model
  • James Murray Spangler, American inventor of the electric vacuum cleaner, sold the patent to Hoover in 1908
  • Jacob Spangler (1767-1843), United States Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • Harrison E. Spangler (1879-1965), Chairman of the Republican National Committee 1940-44
  • Donald H. Spangler (1918-1942), United States Naval officer, eponym of the USS Spangler (DE-696)
  • David Spangler (1796-1856), United States Congressman from Ohio
  • Albert Donald "Spanky" Spangler (b. 1933), American retired Major League Baseball player
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The Spängler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spängler 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.

    This page was last modified on 20 March 2016 at 19:25.

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