Staiger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Staiger is a local surname; to be more precise, it is a topographic name, derived from a physical feature of the local geography. The specific derivation of the name Staiger is from the word "steig," which means "narrow, steep path." This makes sense considering that the family name originated in the Alps in Switzerland.

Early Origins of the Staiger family

The surname Staiger was first found in the ancient city and canton of Berne, Switzerland, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which significantly affected the early development of Europe. The name, which held the baronial title since 1553, became prominent in local affairs. They branched into many houses which played important roles in the regional conflicts, each political group striving to maintain power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Early History of the Staiger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Staiger research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1714 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Staiger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Staiger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Steiger, Steigere, Stiger, Steigel, Steig, Steigler, Steigner, Staiger, Staig and many more.

Early Notables of the Staiger family (pre 1700)

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Staiger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Staiger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Staiger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Conrad Staiger, who settled in Philadelphia in 1751
  • Sebastian Staiger, who settled in Philadelphia in 1753
  • Michael Staiger, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754
  • Michael Staiger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Adam Staiger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Staiger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Leonhard Staiger, who settled in Philadelphia in 1804 with his wife and four children
  • Leonhard Staiger, aged 39, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Johann Jakob Staiger, who landed in America in 1853 [1]
  • Anna Mgr Staiger, who landed in America in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Staiger (post 1700) +

  • John E. Staiger, American Republican politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County 3rd District, 1960 [2]
  • George Staiger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1924, 1936 [2]
  • Frank O. Staiger Jr. (b. 1930), American Republican politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from 34th Senatorial District, 1961-62 [2]
  • Frank O. Staiger, American politician, Mayor of Port Huron, Michigan, 1950 [2]
  • Hermann Staiger, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 63 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Emil Staiger (b. 1908), prominent Swiss professor and writer


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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