Spigner 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 Spigner. In the German provinces, after the 12th century, hereditary surnames that were derived from occupations became increasingly widespread. Spigner 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 Spigner family
The surname Spigner 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 Spigner family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spigner 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 Spigner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spigner 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 Spigner include Spiegel, Spiegl, Spiegle, Spiegele, Spiegeler, Spiegler, Spiegelmann, Spiegelman, Spiegil, Spiegell, Spiegill, Spegel (northern Germany), Spigeler and many more.
Early Notables of the Spigner family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Spigner 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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Migration of the Spigner family
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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Spigner (post 1700) +
- Prescott Spigner, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1964 
- Archie Spigner, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984 (alternate), 1988, 1996, 2000, 2008; Presidential Elector for New York, 2012 
- Adolphus Fletcher Spigner Jr., American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate from Richland County, 1955-58 
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