Westphalia, the surname Jaegers 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. Jaegers is a name for a person who was known for his prowess and wisdom as a hunter. The name Jaegers 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.
Early Origins of the Jaegers family
Early History of the Jaegers family
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Jaegers Spelling Variations
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 Jaegers include Jaeger, Jeger, Jager, Jaegger, Jegger, Jagger, Jaegers, Jagers, Jaggers, Jaeggers and many more.
Early Notables of the Jaegers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jaegers family to the New World and Oceana
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: Johann Leonhardt Jaeger, who settled in America in 1777. Benedict Jaeger settled in New York State in 1831; while Hermann Jaeger settled in Texas in 1836. Peter Jager arrived in Philadelphia in 1734..
Contemporary Notables of the name Jaegers (post 1700)
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