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The roots of the distinguished German surname Stenzel lie in the province of Silesia. The name is derived from "Stenz" or "Stenzel," both short forms of the personal name "Stenzlaw" or "Stanislaw," and indicates "son of Stenzel."

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The surname Stenzel was first found in Silesia, where the name is thought to have first emerged. It was frequent as both a surname and a personal name in most cities of the region, particularly in Liegnitz. The young Stenzel family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of mediaeval Silesian society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stenzel, Stenzle, Stenczel, Stentzel, Stenz, Stentz, Stenzell, Stentzell, Stansel, Stansell, Stansal and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stenzel research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1781, 1810, and 1832 are included under the topic Early Stenzel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stenzel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stenzel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bertha Stenzel, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1850
  • Carl Stenzel, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1850
  • Emilie Stenzel, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1850
  • Hermann Stenzel, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1850
  • David Stenzel, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Elbe" from Bremen & Southampton [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6P6-CMF : 6 December 2014), David Stenzel, 13 Apr 1892; citing departure port Bremen & Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Elbe, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Stenzel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Marie Stenzel, aged 16, originally from Brannau, Czechoslovakia, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CC-ZXQ : 6 December 2014), Marie Stenzel, 19 Dec 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Berta Stenzel, aged 53, originally from Lodz, Poland, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Leopoldina" from Le Havre, France [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J686-6NT : 6 December 2014), Berta Stenzel, 04 May 1920; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Leopoldina, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Helene Stenzel, aged 19, originally from Lcobshutz, Germany, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Oscar II" from Copenhagen, Denmark [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FJ-126 : 6 December 2014), Helene Stenzel, 09 Dec 1920; citing departure port Copenhagen, arrival port New York, ship name Oscar II, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Martha Stenzel, aged 22, originally from Stalmsdorf Germany, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "America" from Bremen, Germany [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6NS-9ZZ : 6 December 2014), Martha Stenzel, 24 Oct 1921; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name America, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Arthur Stenzel, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "George Washington" from Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6NS-BY3 : 6 December 2014), Arthur Stenzel, 27 Sep 1921; citing departure port Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name George Washington, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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  • Jacob Charles Stenzel (1867-1919), American Major League Baseball center fielder (1890 to 1899)
  • Scott Alan Stenzel (b. 1980), American race car driver
  • Henryk Bronislaw Stenzel (b. 1899), prominent American geologist
  • Torsten Stenzel (b. 1971), German musician, songwriter, composer and producer
  • Rüdiger Stenzel (b. 1968), former German middle distance runner
  • Fabian Stenzel (b. 1986), German footballer
  • Hans Joachim Stenzel (b. 1926), German painter
  • Gerhard Stenzel, famous German cellist
  • Ursula Stenzel (b. 1945), Austrian politician and was a Member of the European Parliament
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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6P6-CMF : 6 December 2014), David Stenzel, 13 Apr 1892; citing departure port Bremen & Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Elbe, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CC-ZXQ : 6 December 2014), Marie Stenzel, 19 Dec 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J686-6NT : 6 December 2014), Berta Stenzel, 04 May 1920; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Leopoldina, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FJ-126 : 6 December 2014), Helene Stenzel, 09 Dec 1920; citing departure port Copenhagen, arrival port New York, ship name Oscar II, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6NS-9ZZ : 6 December 2014), Martha Stenzel, 24 Oct 1921; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name America, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6NS-BY3 : 6 December 2014), Arthur Stenzel, 27 Sep 1921; citing departure port Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name George Washington, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  8. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  9. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
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The Stenzel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stenzel 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.

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