Spiegl History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German province of Westphalia nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers, is the birthplace of the distinguished name Spiegl. In the German provinces, after the 12th century, hereditary surnames that were derived from occupations became increasingly widespread. Spiegl 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 Spiegl family

The surname Spiegl 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 Spiegl family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spiegl 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 Spiegl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spiegl Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Spiegl include Spiegel, Spiegl, Spiegle, Spiegele, Spiegeler, Spiegler, Spiegelmann, Spiegelman, Spiegil, Spiegell, Spiegill, Spegel (northern Germany), Spigeler and many more.

Early Notables of the Spiegl family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the name Spiegl 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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United States Spiegl migration to the United States +

For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Spiegl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bertha Spiegl, aged 23, originally from Kolomea, arrived in New York in 1897 aboard the ship "Edam" from Amsterdam [1]
Spiegl Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Marie Spiegl, aged 25, originally from Iansbruck, Austria, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Bremen" from Bremen, Germany [2]
  • Adam Spiegl, aged 27, originally from Djakova, Hungary, arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Ultonia" from Fiume [3]
  • Terezia Spiegl, aged 24, originally from Djakova, Hungary, arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Ultonia" from Fiume [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Spiegl (post 1700) +

  • Alan Spiegl (b. 1959), Czech former pair skater
  • Ondrej Spiegl (b. 1993), Austrian-born, Swedish figure skater, two-time Swedish national champion
  • Fritz Spiegl (1926-2003), Austrian-born, British musician, journalist, broadcaster, humorist and collector

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