Sigler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Bavariais the ancestral home of the Sigler family. Hereditary surnames began to be used in Germany during the 12th century. Names like Sigler, that came from the name of the job done by their initial bearer, were very popular. Sigler 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 Sigler family

The surname Sigler 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 Sigler family

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

Early Notables of the Sigler family (pre 1700)

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United States Sigler migration to the United States +

Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sigler or a variant listed above:

Sigler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Catharina Barb Sigler, who arrived in America in 1699 [1]
Sigler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Fredk Sigler, aged 21, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
Sigler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H W Sigler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • R Sigler, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • S B Sigler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • John Gottlig Sigler, who arrived in Mississippi in 1890 [1]
Sigler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emma Sigler, aged 19, who immigrated to America, in 1902
  • Edith Sigler, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Laura Sigler, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Alice Sigler, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Andreas Sigler, aged 16, who settled in America from Neudorf, Austria, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Sigler migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sigler Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Philip Sigler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Contemporary Notables of the name Sigler (post 1700) +

  • Hollis Sigler (1948-2001), American artist whose paintings addressed her life with breast cancer
  • Maurice Sigler (1901-1961), American banjoist and songwriter, member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • Kimber "Kim" Cornellus Sigler (1894-1953), American politician
  • Walter "Bunny" Sigler (b. 1941), American pop and R&B songwriter and record producer
  • Jamie-Lynn Sigler (b. 1981), American actress and singer
  • Private First Class Franklin Earl Sigler (1924-1995), American soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945

  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) on Facebook
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