Goebel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Goebel 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. Goebel 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 Goebel family

The surname Goebel 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 Goebel family

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

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

Early Notables of the Goebel family (pre 1700)

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United States Goebel migration to the United States +

German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Goebel surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Goebel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joh Georg Goebel, who arrived in America in 1750-1753 [1]
  • Maria Elisab Goebel, who arrived in America in 1750-1753 [1]
  • Johann Georg Goebel, who arrived in America in 1750-1753 [1]
Goebel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Geri Goebel, aged 31, who arrived in Missouri in 1842 [1]
  • Jakob Goebel, who landed in America in 1846 [1]
  • Christine Goebel, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Casper Goebel, aged 4, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Kunigunde Goebel, aged 35, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Goebel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Josef Goebel, who landed in Galveston, Tea in 1904 [1]
  • Julius Goebel, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Goebel (post 1700) +

  • Herman Philip Goebel (1853-1930), U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Bryan Goebel (b. 1961), American professional bowler
  • Paul Goebel (b. 1968), American actor, comedian and television presenter known as "The King of TV"
  • Paul Gordon Goebel (1901-1988), American football end who played for the University of Michigan Wolverines
  • Timothy Richard Goebel (b. 1980), American retired Olympic figure skater
  • William J. Goebel (1856-1900), American politician who served as the 34th Governor of Kentucky
  • Henry Goebel (1818-1893), German-born, American mechanic and inventor, who claimed to invent the incandescent light bulb before Edison
  • Robert J. Goebel, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 11 aerial victories
  • Justus Goebel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1912 [2]
  • Herman Philip Goebel (1853-1930), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1875; State Court Judge in Ohio, 1884; U.S. Representative from Ohio 2nd District, 1903-11; Defeated, 1910 [2]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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