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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."

Siegel Early Origins



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.

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Siegel Spelling Variations


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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.

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Siegel Early History


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Siegel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Siegel research. Another 501 words (36 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.

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Siegel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Siegel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Siegel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 came to Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Jacob Siegel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • John Siegel settled in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Adam Siegel came to New England in 1774
  • Adam Siegel, who landed in New England in 1774

Siegel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Regina Siegel, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • A M Siegel, who arrived in America in 1836
  • Philipp Siegel, who arrived in North America in 1841
  • Kaspar Siegel, who landed in America in 1852
  • Mrs. Konr Siegel, who arrived in America in 1854
  • ... (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, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Klementina, Luciana, Mark, Jacob, Johan, Theobald, and Wilhelm Siegel arrived in New York City in 1901
  • Luciana Siegel, aged 16, landed in New York, NY in 1901
  • Magdalena Siegel, aged 41, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Mark Siegel, aged 8, landed in New York, NY in 1901
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Siegel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Siegel (post 1700)



  • Janis Siegel (b. 1952), American singer with the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer
  • Joel Steven Siegel (1943-2007), American three-time Writers Guild of America Award winning film critic for the A.B. C. morning news show Good Morning America for over twenty-five years
  • Boatswain's Mate John Otto Siegel (1890-1973), American sailor awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Donald "Don" Siegel (1912-1991), American film director and producer, best known for his work with Clint Eastwood including Dirty Harry (1971) and Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
  • Edward R. Siegel, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Boonville, Indiana, 1931-36
  • Emily L. Siegel, American politician, Representative from California 6th District, 1974
  • George L. Siegel, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 41st District, 1917-18; Member of Minnesota State Senate 41st District; Elected 1942; Defeated, 1958
  • Gilbert H. Siegel, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, 1969
  • Harold Siegel, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 16th District, 1933, 1937
  • Hy Siegel, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 95th District, 2008
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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    Other References

    1. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    4. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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    The Siegel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Siegel 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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