Spiegler 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 Spiegler. In the German provinces, after the 12th century, hereditary surnames that were derived from occupations became increasingly widespread. Spiegler 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 Spiegler family

The surname Spiegler 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 Spiegler family

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

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

Early Notables of the Spiegler family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the name Spiegler 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 Spiegler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Spiegler migration to the United States +

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 were:

Spiegler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Nathan Spiegler, aged 49, originally from Mukacevo, Czecho Slovakia, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Southampton, England [1]
  • Kajli Spiegler, aged 37, originally from Buchatz, Poland, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Southampton, England [2]
  • Robert Spiegler, aged 23, originally from Bremen, Germany, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Potomac" from Bremerhaven [3]
  • Marcel Spiegler, aged 25, originally from Vienna, Austria, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Spiegler (post 1700) +

  • Gerhard Ernst Spiegler (b. 1929), American professor and President of Elizabethtown College, Provost of Temple University
  • Gottfried Spiegler (1891-1970), German- Austrian physicist
  • Mordechai Spiegler (b. 1944), Israeli footballer and manager


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HV-4ZK : 6 December 2014), Nathan Spiegler, 22 Dec 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6XD-XPL : 6 December 2014), Kajli Spiegler, 21 Aug 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Aquitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6NM-9NP : 6 December 2014), Robert Spiegler, 15 Dec 1921; citing departure port Bremerhaven, arrival port New York, ship name Potomac, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6G8-3N5 : 6 December 2014), Marcel Spiegler, 02 Apr 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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