Hagel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The distinguished surname Hagel emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Hagel is derived from the personal name Haghel.
Early Origins of the Hagel family
The surname Hagel was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Hagel family
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Hagel Spelling Variations
Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Hagell, Haghel, Hagle, Hagel, Hagelle and others.
Early Notables of the Hagel family (pre 1700)
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Hagel migration to the United States +
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Hagel:
Hagel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jan Gerritsen Hagel, who arrived in New Netheriand(s) in 1660 
Hagel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Louis Hagel (1754), William Hagle (1795), John Hagel (1852) and Charles Hagle (1867), all of whom sailed to Philadelphia, Pa
Hagel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Friedrich Hagel, who arrived in New York in 1882
- Johannes Hagel, aged 20, who landed in New York, NY in 1893 
Hagel migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Hagel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Johann Hagel, aged 32, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Hagel (post 1700) +
- Lawrence B. Hagel, American Judge to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- Otto Hagel (1909-1973), German-born, American photographer and filmmaker
- Catherine Helen Hagel (1894-2008), née Dahlheimer, an American supercentenarian
- Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel (b. 1946), Senior United States Senator from Nebraska
- Herbert Norman Hagel (b. 1922), American music industry executive, president of the National Music Strings Company in 1971 in New Jersey
- Kyle Hagel (b. 1985), Canadian professional AHL ice hockey player
- Glenn Joseph Hagel (1949-1986), Canadian provincial politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan from 1986 to 2007
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) VICTORIA 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Victoria.htm