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The Federspiel family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Federspiel is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Federspiel was given to someone who lived in Bavaria, where they made great contributions to the feudal society which would become the backbone of early development of Europe.

Federspiel Early Origins



The surname Federspiel was first found in Bavaria, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

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Federspiel Spelling Variations


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Federspiel Spelling Variations



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 Federspiel include Feder, Federer, Fedder, Federr, Fehder, Fehdder, Feyder and many more.

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Federspiel Early History


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Federspiel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Federspiel research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1797, 1623 and 1590 are included under the topic Early Federspiel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Federspiel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Federspiel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Federspiel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So 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 settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Federspiel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Federspiel, who arrived in New York in 1835

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Contemporary Notables of the name Federspiel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Federspiel (post 1700)



  • Joseph Michael Federspiel (b. 1950), retired American NFL football linebacker
  • Mortimer A. Federspiel, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Ben Federspiel (b. 1981), Luxembourg footballer
  • Birgitte Federspiel (1925-2005), Danish film, theater, and TV actress
  • Ejner Federspiel (1896-1981), Danish film actor

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    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. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
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    The Federspiel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Federspiel 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 January 2016 at 10:51.

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