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The surname Gieger is a German occupational surname that evolved in the region known as the Rhineland. Germans at first used only one name, but population growth and increased travel in medieval times caused confusion between people of the same name, forcing the people to adopt hereditary surnames. These names often identified people by the kind of work they did. Gieger is a name for a musician or a person who played the violin. The name Gieger is derived from the Old German word "gigaere," which means "violinist" or "fiddle player."

Gieger Early Origins



The surname Gieger was first found in the Rhine region, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

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Gieger Spelling Variations


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Gieger Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Gieger include Geiger, Geige, Geyger, Gieger, Geygher, Geigher and many more.

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Gieger Early History


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Gieger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gieger research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1775 and 1789 are included under the topic Early Gieger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gieger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gieger Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gieger 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



Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Gieger were among of the early German families that came to North America: Hans Jergen Geiger, who came to Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children in 1727; Johann Adam Geiger came to Philadelphia in 1752. According to immigration records there were many Geigers, who almost without exception settled in Philadelphia or Pennsylvania..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gieger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gieger (post 1700)



  • Helmut Gieger (b. 1928), influential banker, lawyer, and former member of the German Parliament
  • Ruprecht Gieger (b. 1908), well-known artist

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Gieger Historic Events


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Gieger Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Miss Amalie Henriette "Emily" Gieger, aged 35, American First Class passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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    The Gieger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gieger 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 12 February 2014 at 13:59.

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