The Oettel family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria
. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames
began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Oettel is a local
surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Oettel was given to someone who lived in Bavaria
, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging medieval society. The name Oettel evolved from the Old German personal name
Ott, a name of Emperors, made famous by Otto the Great (912-973), Holy Roman emperor.
Early Origins of the Oettel family
The surname Oettel was first found in Bavaria
, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Early History of the Oettel family
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Oettel 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 Oettel include Ott, Otte, Ottel, Oettel, Oettle, Oettli, Otts, Ot and many more.
Early Notables of the Oettel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oettel family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Hermann Otte, who came to New Netherlands
(now New York) in 1661. Hans Michael Ott settled in Philadelphia in 1743; Jacob Ott arrived in New York City in 1765.