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Bavaria, one of the oldest and largest of the German states, is the birthplace of the Spangenberg family. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules. Names derived from occupations were particularly common in this region. Spangenberg 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.
The surname Spangenberg 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.
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Spangenberg include Spengler, Spengel, Spengele, Spengeler, Spenger (Munich), Spaengler, Spaengel, Spangeler, Spangler and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spangenberg 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 Spangenberg History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spangenberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Spangenberg or a variant listed above:
Spangenberg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Spangenberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Spangenberg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spangenberg 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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