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

The surname Spangler 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 Spangler family

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

Early Notables of the Spangler family

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Spangler Ranking

In the United States, the name Spangler is the 1,712nd most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [1]

United States Spangler migration to the United States +

German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Spangler surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Spangler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Spangler, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1737 [2]
  • Michael Spangler, aged 26, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [2]
  • Bolser Spangler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
  • John George Spangler, who landed in New York in 1784 [2]
Spangler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Spangler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834 [2]
  • George Spangler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839 [2]
  • W Spangler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Spangler (post 1700) +

  • Harrison Earl Spangler (1879-1965), American Republican politician, Member of Iowa Republican State Central Committee, 1930-32; Iowa Republican State Chair, 1930-32; Member of Republican National Committee from Iowa, 1931-49 [3]
  • Steve Spangler, Emmy Award winning author and professional speaker
  • Spanky Spangler, American stuntman, claims to be the youngest Green Beret
  • Lester Spangler (1906-1933), American Indy 500 race car driver
  • Jean Spangler (1923-1949), Hollywood dancer and model
  • James Murray Spangler, American inventor of the electric vacuum cleaner, sold the patent to Hoover in 1908
  • Donald H. Spangler (1918-1942), United States Naval officer, eponym of the USS Spangler (DE-696)
  • Albert Donald "Spanky" Spangler (b. 1933), American retired Major League Baseball player
  • Charles Spangler, American politician, Mayor of Marshall, Texas, 1953-55 [3]
  • Austin E. Spangler, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1944 [3]
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Spangler +

  • The Spanglers by Theresa Spangler Lowe.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook