Hymel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Hymel 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 Hymel family

The surname Hymel 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.

Early History of the Hymel family

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

Hymel Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Hymel family (pre 1700)

Notables with the surname Hymel 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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United States Hymel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hymel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Benjamin Hymel, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Earl J. Hymel, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Eugene Hymel, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1923
  • Francis Hymel, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Hymel (post 1700) +

  • Gary Hymel, American baseball catcher named the 1991 CWS Most Outstanding Player
  • Bryan Hymel (b. 1979), American operatic tenor
  • L. J. Hymel, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, 1994-98 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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