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The roots of the distinguished German surname Speidel lie in the former duchy of Swabia. The name is of two possible origins; firstly, it is derived from the Middle High German word "spidel," meaning "peg, dowel." In this instance, the name would have been originally borne by someone who made these items. Alternatively, the name is derived from the word "speidel," meaning "rude, uncouth." In this case, the name would have been originally bestowed as a nickname, either on someone who possessed this trait or in an ironic manner on someone who was particularly polite, and came to be used as a surname.

Speidel Early Origins



The surname Speidel was first found in the duchy of Swabia, where it first emerged. The earliest known bearer of the name was Eberhard Spidelli, who was a citizen of the town of Kirchheim in 1293. The young Speidel family played an important role in the development of medieval German society, and was instrumental in the early history of the region.

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Speidel Spelling Variations


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Speidel Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Speidel, Spidelli, Spideli, Speiel, Speil, Spidel and many more.

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Speidel Early History


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Speidel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Speidel research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1293, 1336, 1350, 1423, 1467, 1821, 1826, 1830, 1892, and 1899 are included under the topic Early Speidel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Speidel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Speidel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Speidel 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Speidel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Maumitian Speidel, who landed in America in 1747
  • Maximilian Speidel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Hans Geo Speidel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Hans Jerg Speidel, who arrived in America in 1749
  • Joseph Speidel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Speidel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthias Speidel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • August Speidel, who arrived in America in 1850
  • Erhard Speidel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Louise Speidel, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1854

Speidel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Barbara Speidel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Jacob Speidel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Magdelena Speidel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

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Contemporary Notables of the name Speidel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Speidel (post 1700)



  • William "Bill" C Speidel (1912-1988), American columnist for The Seattle Times
  • Jutta Speidel (b. 1954), German actress
  • Emil Speidel (1859-1938), German professor in Tübingen and upper level forestry council member
  • Maximilian Freiherr von Speidel (1856-1943), Bavarian general and State Council
  • Edmund Freiherr von Speidel (1816-1887), Bavarian general and court marshal
  • Albert Freiherr von Speidel (1858-1912), Bavarian general and artistic director of the court theatre in Munich after 1905
  • Hans Speidel (1897-1984), General Erwin Rommel's chief-of-staff during the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944, he was arrested by the Gestapo for having allegedly conspired against Adolf Hitler, and later become a commander of Allied Land Forces in Europe

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    2. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    11. ...

    The Speidel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Speidel 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 9 March 2015 at 16:18.

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