The German state of Bavariais the ancestral home of the Siegele family. Hereditary surnames
began to be used in Germany
during the 12th century. Names like Siegele, that came from the name of the job done by their initial bearer, were very popular. Siegele 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 Siegele family
The surname Siegele 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 Siegele family
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Siegele Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Siegele include Siegel, Sigel, Sigl, Siegl, Siegler, Sigler, Siglin, Sieglin, Siegelin, Sigelin, Siglen, Sieglen, Siegele and many more.
Early Notables of the Siegele family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Siegele 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 Siegeles to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Siegele Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Curt Siegele, aged 15, who arrived in America, in 1894
- Pauline Siegele, aged 16, who arrived in America, in 1895
- Wilhelmine Siegele, aged 19, who arrived in America from Hamburg, Germany, in 1897
Siegele Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Frieda Siegele, aged 55, who arrived in America from Billapingen, Germany, in 1912
- Lina Siegele, aged 20, who arrived in America from Weingarten, Germany, in 1921
- Karl Siegele, aged 26, who arrived in America from Beilstein, Germany, in 1922
- Hermann Siegele, aged 21, who arrived in America from Loewenstein, Germany, in 1923
- Luise Siegele, aged 19, who arrived in America from Weingarten, Germany, in 1923
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Contemporary Notables of the name Siegele (post 1700)
- Johann Siegele, Austrian Men's 20 km Race Walk competitor at the 1980 Summer Olympics
- Dr. Josef Siegele, Austrian politician active in the 1990s to 2000s
- Greg Siegele, Australian co-founder of Ratbag Games Pty Ltd, an Australian video game developer