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Where did the German Schlegel family come from? What is the German Schlegel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schlegel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schlegel family history?

Saxony, one of the oldest and most beautiful regions of Germany, is the esteemed birthplace of the Schlegel family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. This happened later in Germany than in most other European countries and surnames were not introduced in the German duchies until after the 12th century. The manner in which Schlegel became a hereditary surname is extremely interesting because it was initially a name of an occupation. Occupational surnames date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent, that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became hereditary surnames.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Schlegel, Schlegell, Schlegele, Slegel and others.

First found in the Anhalt region of ancient Saxony, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a major contributor to the political development of the nation. Chronicles first mention Wolbero Slegel of Cologne in 1142, and the knight Herman Slegel of Bavaria in 1309.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schlegel research. Another 244 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1719, 1749, 1767, 1821, 1845, and 1868 are included under the topic Early Schlegel History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schlegel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schlegel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christoph Schlegel, who landed in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1700
  • Christopher Schlegel, who arrived in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1701
  • Johannes Schlegel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1737
  • Ernst Schlegel, who arrived in America in 1738
  • Anna Schlegel, who came to Pennsylvania in 1742

Schlegel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Schlegel, aged 48, arrived in America in 1839
  • Gustav Schlegel, who landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • August Wilhelm Schlegel, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Hermann Schlegel, who arrived in Valdivia, Chile in 1850
  • Julius Schlegel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850

Schlegel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Catherina Schlegel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Christoff Schlegel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Margereta Schlegel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mathias Schlegel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

Schlegel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Johann Val Schlegel, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
  • Johann Valentin Schlegel, who landed in Quebec in 1850


  • Rev. John P. Schlegel S.J. (b. 1943), 23rd President of Creighton University since 2000
  • August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767-1845), German poet
  • Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel (1772-1829), German poet and philosopher
  • Hermann Schlegel (1804-1884), German ornithologist
  • Hans Wilhelm Schlegel (b. 1951), German physicist, an ESA astronaut, and a veteran of two NASA Space Shuttle missions
  • Johann Adolf Schlegel (1721-1793), German poet and clergyman
  • Johan Frederik Schlegel (1817-1896), Danish Governor-General of the Danish West Indies from 1855 to 1860
  • Bradley Wilfred Schlegel (b. 1968), Canadian former NHL ice hockey defenceman


  • John Christian Schlegel of Berks County, Pennsylvania and Descendants by Mary Irene Savage.
  • Linse-Schlegel/Schlagel: from Germany with Love to-Ontario, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Washington by Bette Schlagel Rogers.

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The Schlegel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schlegel 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.

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