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The Fichtel surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Fichtel 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 Fichtel was given to someone who lived in the medieval township named Fichten. This township was located near the Fichtel mountains in the south-east of Germany. Although the original bearer of this name was born in Fichten, this family migrated to Franconia and Bavaria during the Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Fichtel family

The surname Fichtel was first found in Franconia, where the name came from humble beginnings but 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, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Fichtel family

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Fichtel 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 Fichtel include Fichte, Fichten, Fichter, Fichterle, Fichtel, Ficht, Fichtl and many more.

Early Notables of the Fichtel family (pre 1700)

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United States Fichtel migration to the United States +

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:

Fichtel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ignatius Fichtel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • Peter Fichtel, who landed in America in 1783 [1]
Fichtel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Maria Fichtel, aged 18, who landed in America from Althiflein, Austria, in 1907
  • Karl Fichtel, aged 7, who immigrated to the United States from Hohenau, Germany, in 1908
  • August Fichtel, aged 28, who immigrated to America from Beilstine, Germany, in 1908
  • Carl Fichtel, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from Beilstine, Germany, in 1908
  • Ernest Fichtel, aged 5, who settled in America from Hohenau, Germany, in 1908
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fichtel (post 1700) +

  • Charles Fichtel, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Warren County Democratic Party, 1927 [2]

  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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from on Facebook