Handel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

German surnames developed at a time when most of the German provinces were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in Germany. Two of the common types of family names found in Germany are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Handel derived from a number of Germanic personal names, such as Heinrich, Hantbert, Hantwin and Handolf.

Early Origins of the Handel family

The surname Handel was first found in Silesia, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

Early History of the Handel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Handel research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1310, 1474, 1496, 1550, 1560, 1579, 1591, 1615, 1685, 1697, 1759, and 1819 are included under the topic Early Handel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Handel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Handel, Haendel, Hendel, Handle, Handele, Handell, Haendle, Haendele, Haendell, Hendle, Hendele, Hendell, Haehndel, Hehndel, Handl, Haendler, Handler and many more.

Early Notables of the Handel family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Handel were Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759), who was recognized in England and by many in Germany as the greatest composer of his time. Today he is known as one of the two supreme masters of the Baroque era...
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Handel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Handel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Handel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Adam Handel, who settled in Philadelphia in 1773
  • Johan Adam Handel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
Handel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Feit Handel, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • George Handel, who settled in New York in 1822
  • C Handel, aged 19, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1849 [1]
  • Dorothea Handel, aged 23, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Elth Handel, aged 58, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Handel migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Handel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Handel, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863
  • James Handel, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Handel (post 1700) +

  • Anthony H Handel (b. 1948), renowned American lawyer in Brooklyn
  • Karen Handel, American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Georgia, 2007-; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 2008 [2]
  • Edward Handel, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Hartford; Defeated, 1910; Elected 1914 [2]
  • Christian F. Handel, American politician, First Selectman of Glastonbury, Connecticut, 1922 [2]
  • Christian Handel, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Hartford, 1896 [2]
  • Cornelius D. Van Handel, American politician, Representative from Wisconsin 8th District, 1984 [3]
  • Thomas Händel (b. 1953), German politician and trade unionist
  • Norton Emmanuel Handel (b. 1935), prominent business executive
  • George Handel Gracie, Organ Master for Derby Cathedral, and musical ambassador
  • Handel Greville (1921-2014), Welsh international rugby union fly-half who played for the Wales National Team in 1947


The Handel Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fest im handel ohne wandel
Motto Translation: Festival in the trade without change


  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, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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