Spiegle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The German province of Westphalia nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers, is the birthplace of the distinguished name Spiegle. In the German provinces, after the 12th century, hereditary surnames that were derived from occupations became increasingly widespread. Spiegle 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 Spiegle family
The surname Spiegle 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 Spiegle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spiegle 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 Spiegle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spiegle 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 Spiegle include Spiegel, Spiegl, Spiegle, Spiegele, Spiegeler, Spiegler, Spiegelmann, Spiegelman, Spiegil, Spiegell, Spiegill, Spegel (northern Germany), Spigeler and many more.
Early Notables of the Spiegle family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Spiegle 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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Spiegle 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:
Spiegle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Michael Spiegle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1759 
- Frederick Spiegle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760 
- John Remigius Spiegle, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1761 
- John Remiguis Spiegle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761 
Contemporary Notables of the name Spiegle (post 1700) +
- Dan Spiegle (1920-2017), American comic book and cartoon artist, best known for his work with Dell Comics, DC Comics and Marvel Comics
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)