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In the ancient German province of Westphalia, the surname Jaeger evolved. It is a nickname, a style of hereditary surname that developed out of the traditional German eke-names, that identified people by naming them after a physical characteristic or other identifiable trait. Jaeger is a name for a person who was known for his prowess and wisdom as a hunter. The name Jaeger is derived from the German word "jage," which is derived from Old German word "jagen," which means "to hunt." Hunting was considered a knightly pursuit during the feudal era.

Jaeger Early Origins



The surname Jaeger was first found in the county of Mark (Dortmund,) where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. Ancient chronicles first mention a branch of the family acquiring the estates of Kaackstedt and Ringenwalde in the district of Templin around 1376, and the estate of Zehlendorf in the district of Nieder-Barnim, around 1451. Venator, the Latin form of the name, often appears in chronicles in place of Jaeger.

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Jaeger Spelling Variations


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Jaeger Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Jaeger include Jaeger, Jeger, Jager, Jaegger, Jegger, Jagger, Jaegers, Jagers, Jaggers, Jaeggers and many more.

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Jaeger Early History


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Jaeger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jaeger research. Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1678, 1698, 1771, 1780, and 1843 are included under the topic Early Jaeger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jaeger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jaeger Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the name Jaeger were Heinrich Christroph Jaeger, who was a professor of law in Passau and Privy Councillor and royal advisor to the Prince...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jaeger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:

Jaeger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Jaeger, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Wendel Jaeger, who landed in New York, NY in 1709
  • Johan Wilhelm Jaeger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752-1753
  • Andreas Jaeger, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1764
  • Johann Leonhardt Jaeger, who settled in America in 1777
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jaeger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benedict Jaeger settled in New York State in 1831
  • Benedict Jaeger, who arrived in New York in 1831
  • Hermann Jaeger settled in Texas in 1836
  • Carl Jaeger, aged 47, landed in Missouri in 1841
  • John Jaeger, aged 23, landed in Missouri in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jaeger Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joachim Jaeger, who landed in Quebec in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jaeger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jaeger (post 1700)



  • Karl Jaeger (1930-2015), American educator, writer and artist
  • Phyllis Jaeger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1960
  • Paul O. Jaeger, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 6th District, 1948, 1952
  • Maureen Jaeger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • J. J. Jaeger, American politician, Village President of Libertyville, Illinois, 1953
  • Harold Jaeger, American politician, Mayor of Salina, Kansas, 1958-59
  • George Jaeger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 2004
  • Emil Jaeger, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 5th District, 1918
  • Edmund Jaeger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1876
  • Edith A. Jaeger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1944, 1948
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Jaeger


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Suggested Readings for the name Jaeger



  • The Yaeger Family Circle from Hither to Yonder by Daphne Yeager McPherson.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    7. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The Jaeger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jaeger Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 25 December 2015 at 11:17.

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