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The German province known as the Rhineland is the ancestral home of the Moeckel family. The German people originally used only one name, but as the population grew there was often confusion between people of the same name. This required people to adopt hereditary surnames. Many people took surnames based on nicknames - sometimes known as eke-names - that described certain personal characteristics. Moeckel is a name for a person who was round and plump. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Moeckel Early Origins



The surname Moeckel was first found in Cologne, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Chronicles first mention Jeckl Mock (Mockl) of Iglau in 1359. It's literal meaning in Old-German was "plump." Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal system.

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Moeckel Spelling Variations


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Moeckel 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 Moeckel include Mock, Moeck, Moek, Moecke, Moeke, Moekel, Moeckel, Moekl, Moeckl, Mockl, Mockler, Moeckel, Mockler, Muckler and many more.

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Moeckel Early History


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Moeckel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moeckel research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1722, 1760, and 1764 are included under the topic Early Moeckel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moeckel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moeckel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moeckel 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



Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Moeckel were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Moeckel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Moeckel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Ernest Herman Moeckel moved to Philadelphia in 1878

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    5. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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    7. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    8. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    9. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
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    The Moeckel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moeckel 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 15 December 2014 at 22:41.

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