A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Stel, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia
, known for its beauty, industry and military power. However, in the medieval era, Prussia
was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire
, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
and East Prussia
. The Stel family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany
. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia
had incorporated East Prussia
, West Prussia
and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.
Early Origins of the Stel family
The surname Stel was first found in Prussia
, where the name Stahl was closely associated in early medieval times with the feudal
society which became prominent throughout Europe. The name later emerged as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches in Bavaria
. Members of this family became noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Early History of the Stel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stel research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1799, 1860, 1773, 1684, 1750, 1660, 1734, 1687, 1694 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Stel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stel 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 Stel include Stahl, Stahler, Staal, Stahle, Stahli, Stal, Stall, Stahlin, Stahelin, Stahlberg, Stalberg, Stahlburger and many more.
Early Notables of the Stel family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Stel during this time period were Marguerite De Launay, Baronne Staal (1684-1750), French author; and George Ernst Stahl (1660-1734), a German chemist and physician, who served as... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stel family to the New World and Oceana
played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany
until after the Second World War. Prussia
was divided among the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Stel were Johanna Stahl, who arrived in America in 1665. Martin Stal came to New York with his wife and child in 1709: Jacob Stahle arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749.