Goebbels History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Goebbels family originated in Bavaria, Germany. As hereditary surnames were adopted in that area beginning in the 12th century, people were often identified by the kind of work they did. Goebbels is an occupational name for a maker or dealer of "goblets" or "tankards." Further research revealed that the name is derived from the German noun "gobel," which means "drinking vessel."

Early Origins of the Goebbels family

The surname Goebbels was first found in Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to its emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Goebbels family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goebbels research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1732 and 1766 are included under the topic Early Goebbels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goebbels 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 Goebbels include Gobel, Gobell, Goebel, Goebell, Gobeler, Goebeler and many more.

Early Notables of the Goebbels family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Goebbels Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Goebbels family

Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Goebbels or a variant listed above: Conrath Gobel, who came to Philadelphia in 1738.


Contemporary Notables of the name Goebbels (post 1700) +

  • Heiner Goebbels (b. 1952), German composer and music director, two time Grammy Awards nominee
  • Josef Goebbels (1897-1945), minister of Information and Propaganda
  • Robert Goebbels (b. 1944), Member of the European Parliament for the Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party


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