The German province of Westphalia
nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers, is the birthplace of the distinguished name Spiegill. In the German provinces, after the 12th century, hereditary surnames
that were derived from occupations became increasingly widespread. Spiegill 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 Spiegill family
The surname Spiegill 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
Early History of the Spiegill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spiegill research.Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1250, 1787, 1558, 1252, 1257, 1396, 1805, 1764, 1835, 1776, 1837, 1691 and 1757 are included under the topic Early Spiegill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spiegill 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 Spiegill include Spiegel, Spiegl, Spiegle, Spiegele, Spiegeler, Spiegler, Spiegelmann, Spiegelman, Spiegil, Spiegell, Spiegill, Spegel (northern Germany), Spigeler and many more.
Early Notables of the Spiegill family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Spiegill 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... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spiegill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Spiegill family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia
as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian
farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and 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.
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