Gummel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Gummel family. The Gummel surname evolved as a local name. It is a name for a family that lived in Bavaria, where their name rose to prominence through their involvement in the social and cultural affairs of the area.

Early Origins of the Gummel family

The surname Gummel was first found in Bavaria, where in ancient times the name Gummer came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the region's feudal society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the household acquired distant estates which in turn elevated their social status.

Early History of the Gummel family

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Gummel 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 Gummel include Gummer, Gumer, Gumme, Gumm, Gum, Guma, Gumma, Gummers, Gumers, Gumen, Guemel, Gummere, Gummen, Gummel, Gummle, Gumere, Gumen, Gumel, Gumle, Gummaer, Gumaer, Guemmer, Gommer, Guemer, Gomer, Guemmere, Guemmen, Guemmel, Gommere, Gommen, Gomere, Gomen, Guemel and many more.

Early Notables of the Gummel family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gummel 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 Gummel or a variant listed above: Georg Gumer and Thomas Gumer both of whom were recorded as having arrived in Virginia in 1642; Peter Gumaer settled in Maryland in 1685; Louis Guemel arrived in Louisiana in 1719.


Contemporary Notables of the name Gummel (post 1700) +

  • Hermann K. Gummel (1923-2022), German physicist and pioneer in the semiconductor industry, known for the Gummel–Poon model which made accurate simulation of bipolar transistors and the Gummel plot
  • Margitta Gummel (1941-2021), German Olympic gold medal-winning shot putter


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