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Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Senger family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Senger is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a singer. The name probably evolved from the German word "sanger," and it indicates that the family has an historical association with the profession of singing ballads.

Early Origins of the Senger family

The surname Senger was first found in the ancient walled city of Noerdlingen, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would play a prominent role in Bavarian history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Senger family

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Senger Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Senger include Senger, Saenger, Singer, Sengher, Sanger, Sang and many more.

Early Notables of the Senger family

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Senger Ranking

In the United States, the name Senger is the 11,633rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Senger migration to the United States +

German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Senger surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Senger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Senger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734 2
  • Hermann Senger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754
Senger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cath Senger, who landed in America in 1837 2
  • Christian Senger, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 2
  • Franz Fr Senger, who arrived in America in 1846 2
  • Philipp Senger, who landed in New York in 1850 2
  • while Elis Senger, who settled in Texas in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Senger (post 1700) +

  • John Michael Senger, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 9th District, 1984 3
  • Ferdinand Maria von Senger (1923-1987), soldier in the German Army
  • Werner Senger, German Olympic gold medalist handballer
  • Dante Senger (b. 1983), Argentine footballer
  • Alexander von Senger (1880-1968), Swiss architect

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook