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

Spieker Early Origins



The surname Spieker 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.

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Spieker Spelling Variations


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

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Spieker Early History


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Spieker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spieker research. Another 294 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1252, 1257, 1396, 1558, 1764, 1776, 1787, 1805, 1835, and 1837 are included under the topic Early Spieker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spieker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spieker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the name Spieker were Count Ferdinand August von Spiegel (1764-1835), of the House of Diesenberg-Hanxleden, who was the Archbishop of Cologne...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spieker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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:

Spieker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Heinr Spieker, who arrived in America in 1832
  • Cath Marg Spieker, aged 35, arrived in Ohio in 1832
  • Elis Spieker, who landed in America in 1836
  • Joh Herm Spieker, who landed in America in 1848-1849
  • Johanna Spieker, who arrived in America in 1849

Spieker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Franz Spieker, aged 25, who landed in America from Vogelbach, Germany, in 1909
  • Julia Spieker, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Vogelbach, Germany, in 1909
  • Johanna Spieker, aged 40, who landed in America from Stuttgart, Germany, in 1912
  • Lucy Spieker, aged 22, who settled in America from Dresden, Germany, in 1914
  • Mabel Spieker, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spieker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spieker (post 1700)



  • Theodor Spieker (1823-1913), German mathematician who identified the eponymous Spieker circle and the Spieker center
  • Anton Spieker, German Screen Actors Award nominated actor, known for Rough Road Ahead (2014), Hans im Glück (2015) and Das Problem des Schnellstfluges (2013)
  • Martin Spieker, German producer, known for Dies 10 (2008) and for Das Supertalent-Backstage (2008)
  • Franz-Josef Spieker (1933-1978), German German Film Award winning director, writer and producer, known for Wild Rider Ltd. (1967), Süden im Schatten (1962) and With Oak Leaves and Fig Leaf (1968)
  • Klaus Spieker (b. 1952), German professional footballer

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    Other References

    1. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    4. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    11. ...

    The Spieker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spieker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 07:42.

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