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

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.


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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.

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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.

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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

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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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  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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  6. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  7. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  10. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. 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.

This page was last modified on 11 October 2015 at 22:32.

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