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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.

Fichtel Early Origins



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.

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Fichtel Spelling Variations


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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.

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Fichtel Early History


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Fichtel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fichtel research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1646, 1762, 1796, 1814, 1817, and 1879 are included under the topic Early Fichtel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fichtel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fichtel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fichtel 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:

Fichtel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ignatius Fichtel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Peter Fichtel, who landed in America in 1783

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 emigrated to the United States from Hohenau, Germany, in 1908
  • August Fichtel, aged 28, who emigrated to America from Beilstine, Germany, in 1908
  • Carl Fichtel, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Beilstine, Germany, in 1908
  • Ernest Fichtel, aged 5, who settled in America from Hohenau, Germany, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fichtel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fichtel (post 1700)



  • Charles Fichtel, American Democrat politician, Chair of Warren County Democratic Party, 1927

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    2. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    3. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    4. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    5. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Fichtel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fichtel 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 2 November 2015 at 10:12.

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