Hendel 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 Hendel derived from a number of Germanic personal names, such as Heinrich, Hantbert, Hantwin and Handolf.

Early Origins of the Hendel family

The surname Hendel 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 Hendel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hendel 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 Hendel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hendel 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 Hendel family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Hendel 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 Hendel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hendel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hendel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Hendel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1748
  • Jacob Hendel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Maria B Hendel, who landed in New York, NY in 1749 [1]
  • Johannes Hendel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Johannes Hendel, who arrived in America in 1752
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hendel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Hendel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]
  • Robert Hendel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hendel (post 1700) +

  • Larry Hendel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
  • Frank B. Hendel (b. 1892), American Democrat politician, Real estate and insurance business; Member of New York State Assembly from Queens County 2nd District, 1927-30; Member of New York State Senate 3rd District, 1931-36


The Hendel 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)


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