Hommel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Hommel originated in the former duchy of Swabia, where the ancestral home of the family remains to this day. The name is derived from the Middle German word "Himel," meaning "heaven, sky," and developed into a surname through a number of origins. Firstly, "Himmel" is the name of a number of different places throughout Germany; thus, the original bearer of the name may have been a native of one of these areas. Alternatively, the name may have been originally bestowed as a nickname in some form, such as "Himmelstützer" (support the sky) on a very tall person, or "Himmelseher" (sky gazer) on someone who was fond of the stars.

Early Origins of the Hommel family

The surname Hommel was first found in Swabia, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. The first individual to be recorded in ancient chronicles was Burcardus zem Himel of Basel in 1297.

Important Dates for the Hommel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hommel research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1756, 1792, 1795, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Hommel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hommel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Himmel, Himml, Himmler, Himmeler, Himel, Himler, Himeler and many more.

Early Notables of the Hommel family (pre 1700)

Notables with the surname Hommel during this period were Friedrich Heinrich Himmel (1756-1814), a talented pianist, who became chamber composer to the Prussian court in 1792. In 1795 he...
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Hommel migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hommel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Hommel, who arrived in Texas in 1854 [1]
  • Heinr Hommel, who landed in America in 1857 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hommel (post 1700)

  • Lebrecht Hommel (1890-1973), birth name of Lauritz Melchoir, the American opera singer

Citations

  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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