Hertel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hertel has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Hartley which was in several English counties including Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Kent, Lancashire, York and Northumberland. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English words hart which means a stag and lea which means a wood or clearing. [1]

Of all these places, Hartley in Kent in the oldest as it dates back to Saxon times when it was known as Heoratleag in 843. [2] Another source claims this parish dates back further as "Heortleáh in the 8th century." [3]

Early Origins of the Hertel family

The surname Hertel was first found in Yorkshire where "Hartley is a very common West Riding name. It is also established in Lancashire. There are hamlets and townships of the name in the West Riding, Westmorland, Northumberland." [4]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Ricardus de Hertlay; and Willelmus de Hertelay. They "lived in the parish of Ecclesfield, West Riding of Yorkshire The surname has ramified in an extraordinary manner in the West Riding. The parentage in all probability will have to be sought for in Ecclesfield parish or the immediate neighbourhood." [5]

But before these entries, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Brian de Hertheley, Lincolnshire; and Richard de Hertleye, Salop (Shropshire.) [5]

Up to the north in Scotland, the name is from "Hartley (Hartecla 1265, Hartcla 1291, Hartla 1306) a manor in the parish of Kirkby-Stephen, Westmorland. Michael de Hardcla or Hartcla was deputy sheriff of Westmorland in 1276 and 1277, and Sheriff of Cumberland in part of the year 1285 and then until 1298. On the execution of his brother Andrew de Hardcla, earl of Carlisle, for treason, he fled into Scotland with a number of his friends." [6]

Early History of the Hertel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hertel research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1273, 1327, 1379, 1621, 1623, 1623, 1705, 1757, 1705, 1705, 1691, 1695, 1698, 1705, 1705, 1720, 1709, 1784 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Hertel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hertel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hertel have been found, including Hartley, Hartly, Hartlay, Hartlaye, Hartlie, Hertley, Hertly, Hertlay, Hertelay, Hertheley, Hertleye, Hertlegh, Hartleigh and many more.

Early Notables of the Hertel family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: David Hartley (1705-1757), English philosopher, "baptised at Luddenden, Halifax, on 21 June 1705, although his son gives this date of his birth as 30 Aug. 1705. His father, David Hartley, was entered as a servitor of Lincoln College, Oxford, on 1 April 1691, aged 17, where he was described as 'pauperis filius,'...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hertel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hertel family to Ireland

Some of the Hertel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hertel migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hertel, or a variant listed above:

Hertel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Adam Hertel, who landed in New York, NY in 1709 [7]
  • Hans Geo Hertel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [7]
  • Joseph Hertel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764 [7]
  • Jacob Hertel, who arrived in New Jersey in 1766 [7]
  • Peter Hertel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771 [7]
Hertel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jakob Hertel, who landed in America in 1831 [7]
  • Nicholas Hertel, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1844 [7]
  • Andrew Hertel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849 [7]
  • Charles Hertel, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [7]
  • Christian Hertel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hertel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hertel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Johannes Hertel U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hertel (post 1700) +

  • Curtis Hertel (1953-2016), American politician, 64th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives (1997-1998)
  • Robert Alden Hertel (b. 1955), American NFL football quarterback who played from 1978 to 1980
  • Dave Hertel (b. 1986), American soccer player
  • Dennis Mark Hertel (b. 1948), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan (1981-1993)
  • Kevin Hertel, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 5th District, 1996 [9]
  • John S. Hertel, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 33rd District, 1892 [9]
  • John J. Hertel (b. 1978), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives, 2002 [9]
  • John C. Hertel (b. 1946), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 2nd District, 1974-82 [9]
  • Dennis Mark Hertel (b. 1948), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 12th District, 1975-80; U.S. Representative from Michigan 14th District, 1981-93 [9]
  • Curtis Hertel (b. 1953), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1981-98; Speaker of the Michigan State House of Representatives, 1997-98 [9]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Karl Hertel (1915-1941), German Bootsmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [10]


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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