Siegel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Bavariais the ancestral home of the Siegel family. Hereditary surnames began to be used in Germany during the 12th century. Names like Siegel, that came from the name of the job done by their initial bearer, were very popular. Siegel is an occupational name for a maker or purveyor of wax seals of the type commonly used to certify the authenticity of letters and documents until early this century, or a person responsible for the sealing and signing of official documents, a position known as Siegelbeamter. The name comes from the German word "siegel," which means "seal."

Early Origins of the Siegel family

The surname Siegel was first found in Bavaria, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Tetmarus Sigeler of Stettin in Pomerania (c.1263,) and Sigler of Wuerzburg (c.1383). The name literally refers to the position of "Siegelbeamter," responsible for seals and the signing of documents.

Early History of the Siegel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Siegel research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1774, 1862, 1560, 1816, 1807, 1777, 1815, 1817, 1818 and 1862 are included under the topic Early Siegel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Siegel 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 Siegel include Siegel, Sigel, Sigl, Siegl, Siegler, Sigler, Siglin, Sieglin, Siegelin, Sigelin, Siglen, Sieglen, Siegele and many more.

Early Notables of the Siegel family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Siegel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Siegel migration to the United States +

Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Siegel or a variant listed above:

Siegel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Siegel, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Jacob Siegel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 [1]
  • John Siegel, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Adam Siegel, who settled in New England in 1774
  • Adam Siegel, who landed in New England in 1774 [1]
Siegel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Regina Siegel, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • A M Siegel, who arrived in America in 1836 [1]
  • Philipp Siegel, who arrived in North America in 1841 [1]
  • Kaspar Siegel, who landed in America in 1852 [1]
  • Mrs. Konr Siegel, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Siegel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agnesia Siegel, aged 13, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • Klementina, Luciana, Mark, Jacob, Johan, Theobald, and Wilhelm Siegel, who arrived in New York City in 1901
  • Luciana Siegel, aged 16, who landed in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • Magdalena Siegel, aged 41, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • Mark Siegel, aged 8, who landed in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Siegel (post 1700) +

  • Paula Siegel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [2]
  • Paul Siegel, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 4th District, 1935 [2]
  • Nat Siegel, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 2nd District, 1937 [2]
  • Mo Siegel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1980 [2]
  • Max Siegel, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 35th District, 1954 [2]
  • Martin Siegel, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 21st District, 1912 [2]
  • Mark Alan Siegel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2008 [2]
  • Mark Siegel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1988 [2]
  • Kimberly A. Siegel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000 [2]
  • Jonathan Siegel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004 [2]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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