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The ancient and distinguished German surname Fegley is derived from the Middle High German word "fegen," meaning "to clean." The name was most likely initially borne by a cleaner of weapons and armor.

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The surname Fegley was first found in Swabia, where it first emerged. The earliest known bearer of the name was "der junger Veger" ("the young Veger",) who lived in the town of Leonberg near Stuttgart in 1350. The young Fegley family was instrumental during this formative period, figuring prominently in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval Swabian society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fegley, Fegly, Feggley, Fegele, Fegely, Fege, Vegley, Vegely, Veger, Fachling and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fegley research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1500, 1504, 1624, 1684, and 1726 are included under the topic Early Fegley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fegley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fegley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Bernard Fegley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Henrich Fegley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Mathias Fegley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733

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  • Lieutenant Charles E. Fegley III, U.S. Navy Civil Engineer, eponym of the Fegley Glacier, Antarctica
  • Leon Richard Fegley (1936-2001), American professional photographer for Playboy magazine for 30 years
  • Theo C. Fegley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928
  • Nathan Fegley, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Cranesville, Pennsylvania, 1846; Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, 1846-51
  • Michael Fegley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008
  • Daniel B. Fegley, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Dr. Bruce Fegley, professor at Washington University


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  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  10. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
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The Fegley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fegley 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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