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The surname Steigerwald is of toponymic origin derived from the Steigerwald mountain range in what was once called Franconia. Toponymic names usually indicated someone who had come from another region to settle, in this case the bearer probably would have hailed from the Steigerwald Mountains. The name of these mountains is derived from the Old and Middle High German "stic" meaning "climbing (path)" or the Old High German "stigan" meaning "to climb" and "wald" meaning "forest." Thus, Steigerwald can be translated literally as "climbing forest."

Steigerwald Early Origins



The surname Steigerwald was first found in Franconia, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would shape European history. The name would emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The earliest record of this surname dates back to the 14th century, when Gotfried Staygerwalt was recorded as residing in Nuremberg in 1315.

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Steigerwald Spelling Variations


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Steigerwald Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Steigerwalt, Steigerwald, Steigewalt and others.

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Steigerwald Early History


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Steigerwald Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steigerwald research. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1702 and 1778 are included under the topic Early Steigerwald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Steigerwald Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Steigerwald Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steigerwald 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Steigerwald Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Steigerwald, who settled in Pennsylvania sometime between 1741 and 1767
  • George Steigerwald, who came to Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Georg Steigerwald, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Joh Peter Steigerwald, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Eberhart Steigerwald, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Steigerwald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Dan Steigerwald, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Adam Steigerwald, who came to Baltimore in 1843
  • Fridrich Steigerwald, who arrived in New England in 1866
  • Friedrich Steigerwald, who came to New England in 1866
  • Anna Katharina Steigerwald, who arrived in New England in 1866

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Contemporary Notables of the name Steigerwald (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Steigerwald (post 1700)



  • Paul Steigerwald (b. 1954), American sportscaster for the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Louis Steigerwald, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1938
  • Bill Steigerwald, American newspaper journalist
  • Kurt Steigerwald (b. 1925), German ballet master
  • Otto Steigerwald (1886-1918), German sculptor

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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    The Steigerwald Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steigerwald 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 21 October 2015 at 11:39.

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