, one of the oldest and largest of the German states, is the birthplace of the Spaengel family. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules. Names derived from occupations were particularly common in this region. Spaengel is an occupational
surname for metal worker having derived from the German word spange, meaning a clasp or buckle of the sort such a craftsman might have designed.
Early Origins of the Spaengel family
The surname Spaengel was first found in Bavaria
, where the name spread to the north and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries such as Holland, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Early History of the Spaengel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spaengel research.Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1686, 1678, 1719, 1734, 1528, 1604, 1484 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Spaengel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spaengel 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 Spaengel include Spengler, Spengel, Spengele, Spengeler, Spenger (Munich), Spaengler, Spaengel, Spangeler, Spangler and many more.
Early Notables of the Spaengel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Spaengel family to the New World and Oceana
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 Spaengel or a variant listed above: Frederick Spengeler, who came to America in 1709 at the age of 53 with his wife and two sons. Fritz Spengler also came with his wife in 1709; Johannes Spengler arrived in Philadelphia in 1731.