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The German province of Westphalia nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers, is the birthplace of the distinguished name Spiegelman. In the German provinces, after the 12th century, hereditary surnames that were derived from occupations became increasingly widespread. Spiegelman is an occupational name for a person who made or sold mirrors. This distinguished name was originally derived both from the German word "spiegel," which means "mirror" and from the Yiddish word "shpigl," which mean "to look" or "to see." The German word "spiegel" is itself derived from the Old German word "spiagal," from the Latin word "specullum."

Early Origins of the Spiegelman family

The surname Spiegelman was first found in Westphalia, where this noble family name, traced as early as 1100, became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal system.

Early History of the Spiegelman family

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Spiegelman Spelling Variations

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 Spiegelman include Spiegel, Spiegl, Spiegle, Spiegele, Spiegeler, Spiegler, Spiegelmann, Spiegelman, Spiegil, Spiegell, Spiegill, Spegel (northern Germany), Spigeler and many more.

Early Notables of the Spiegelman family

Notables of the period with the name Spiegelman were Count Ferdinand August von Spiegel (1764-1835), of the House of Diesenberg-Hanxleden, who was the Archbishop of Cologne, as well as a Prussian privy councillor. Count Caspar Philipp von Speigel (1776-1837), of the...
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Migration of the Spiegelman family

After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them: Johann Michael Spiegel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1737. Michael Spiegel came in 1741; Samuel Spiegel in 1741; Philip Spiegel in 1743; Johann Remigius Spiegel in 1751.

Contemporary Notables of the name Spiegelman (post 1700) +

  • Art Spiegelman (b. 1948), American comics artist, editor, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic book memoir, Maus
  • Sol Spiegelman (1914-1983), American microbiologist
  • Maura Spiegelman, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 2004 [1]
  • Lee A. Spiegelman, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 13th District, 1976 [1]
  • Solomon Spiegelman (b. 1914), American Director of the Institute for Cancer Research at Columbia University

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook