, one of the oldest and largest of the German states, is the birthplace of the Schraegel family. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules. Names derived from occupations were particularly common in this region. Schraegel is an occupational
surname for person who was associated with the building of cross-legged stands and tables. In its medieval context, the word "schrage" literally meant "crooked" or "crossed," and it may have been given to those whose profession it was to make and sell tables and stands of this description.
Early Origins of the Schraegel family
The surname Schraegel was first found in Bavaria
, where the family rose to prominence early in the mediaeval era. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Egelolf Schrage of Wuerttemberg (c.1273,) Marquard Schrage of Luebeck (c.1347,) and one "Schraeglin" of Esslingen (c.1359).
Early History of the Schraegel family
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Schraegel 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 Schraegel include Schrage, Schragel, Schrag, Schrager, Schrege, Schregel, Schraegl, Schreg, Schreger, Schraege, Schraegel, Schraeg, Schraeger, Schragl, Schragle, Schregl, Schregle, Schraeglin, Schreglin, Schraegen, Schregen and many more.
Early Notables of the Schraegel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Schraegel family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Schraegels to arrive in North America, and among them were: Johan Schrage, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1693 and Johannes Schrag, who came to Pennsylvania in 1766. A large group of interrelated Swiss Mennonite families, including Andreas, Froni, Franz, and Jacob Schrag came from Russia to the port of New York in 1874. Andreas Schrager emigrated to England
and then possibly America in 1709.