Steckler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Steckler was first used by the people of the German province of Westphalia, which lay in the area between the Rhine and Wesser rivers. It is a patronymic name, derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Along with metronymic names, which come from the name of the mother of the bearer, patronymics were one of the most popular early German name types. Steckler was derived from the popular medieval Germanic personal name Stecho. The name Steckler is also of local origin that is derived from the Old Germanic word "steck," which referred to a parcel of land. The steck was a tract of pasture land.
Early Origins of the Steckler family
The surname Steckler was first found in Westphalia and the lower Rhine region, where the name Steck came from aristocratic beginnings and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, holding the title of counts in Dortmund, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Early History of the Steckler family
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Steckler 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 Steckler include Steck, Stech, Stechel, Stecher, Steckler, Steckel, Steckell, Steckle, Steckler, Stecker, Stecklen, Stek and many more.
Early Notables of the Steckler family (pre 1700)
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Steckler 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:
Steckler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Katharina Steckler, who landed in America in 1853 
- Margaretha Steckler, aged 3, who arrived in America in 1853 
- Marg Steckler, aged 14, who arrived in America in 1854 
Contemporary Notables of the name Steckler (post 1700) +
- Len Steckler (1930-2016), American photographer, painter, film director, cinematographer and producer, known for his work on Pepsi Cola’s “Refreshes Without Filling” campaigns in the 1950s and Noxzema’s “Take it off-- Take it all off” TV commercials in the 1970s
- William Elwood Steckler (1913-1995), United States federal judge
- Steve Steckler, American film composer
- Adin Steckler, American child actress, known for My Dad's a Soccer Mom (2014), Cordon (2015) and Faked Out (2013)
- Ray Dennis Steckler (1939-2009), American film director, known for The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964), Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966) and Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters (1965)
- Ferne M. Steckler, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1972
- Casper Steckler, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 4th District, 1915-16
- Doug Steckler, Canadian two-time Primetime Emmy Award winning writer, known for SCTV Network (1981), The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show (1995) and The NBC All Star Hour (1985)
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)