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Bavaria, one of the oldest and largest of the German states, is the birthplace of the Spang family. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules. Names derived from occupations were particularly common in this region. Spang 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.

Spang Early Origins



The surname Spang 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.

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Spang Spelling Variations


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Spang 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 Spang include Spengler, Spengel, Spengele, Spengeler, Spenger (Munich), Spaengler, Spaengel, Spangeler, Spangler and many more.

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Spang Early History


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Spang Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spang 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 Spang History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spang Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spang Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spang Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Spang or a variant listed above:

Spang Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Leonhart Spang, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752

Spang Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Philipp Spang, who arrived in North America in 1848
  • Friedrich Spang, who landed in North America in 1854
  • Peter Spang, who landed in North America in 1865
  • Philipp Kasimir Spang, who arrived in North America in 1872
  • Julius Spang, who landed in Ohio in 1884
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spang Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles H. Spang, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Barbara Spang, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Anna Spang, aged 20, who settled in America from Nagbeszteroze, Hungary, in 1910
  • Frans Spang, aged 34, who emigrated to America from Norrkoping, Sweden, in 1911
  • Albert Spang, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Sablon, Germany, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spang (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spang (post 1700)



  • Dan Spang (b. 1983), American professional AHL ice hockey defenseman
  • George H. Spang, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1876
  • Donald F. Spang, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 14th District, 1954
  • C. Everett Spang, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948
  • C. E. Spang, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1946, 1956
  • Michael Grundt Spang (1931-2003), Norwegian journalist and crime writer
  • Christopher Lanny Spang (b. 1987), Swedish mixed martial artist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    4. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Spang Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spang 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.

    This page was last modified on 12 January 2016 at 13:16.

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