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The distinguished and ancient German surname is of two possible origins. Firstly, it is derived from the German word "Stiefel," meaning "boot." In this instance, it is likely that the original bearer of the name was a boot-maker. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Middle Low German term "stief," meaning "stiff, rigid, unbending." In this case, the name would have been initially bestowed as a nickname on someone who was particularly stiff or stubborn.

Stiefel Early Origins



The surname Stiefel was first found in Swabia, where it is thought to have first emerged. The young Stiefel family was instrumental during this formative period, figuring prominently in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval Swabian society.

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Stiefel Spelling Variations


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Stiefel Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Stiefel, Stiefler, Stival, Stivel, Stiffler, Stiffle and many more.

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Stiefel Early History


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Stiefel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stiefel research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1357, 1362, 1401, 1487, 1567, and 1847 are included under the topic Early Stiefel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stiefel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Stiefel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables with the surname Stiefel during this period were Michael Stifel (1487-1567), a German priest and mathematician famous for introducing the modern notations for addition, subtraction, and square root, as well as for mathematically determining that Pope Leo...

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

Stiefel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joh Georg Stiefel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

Stiefel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johannes Stiefel, who arrived in Ohio in 1869

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Contemporary Notables of the name Stiefel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Stiefel (post 1700)



  • W. Jack Stiefel, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Alabama, 2008
  • Israel Stiefel, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 5th District, 1937-64
  • Charlotte Stiefel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980
  • August Stiefel, the son of Johann David Stiefel, and his two sons, Werner and Herbert, who founded Stiefel Laboratories In c. in 1944
  • Fritz Stiefel (b. 1895), Swiss doctor and psychiatrist
  • Ernst Stiefel (b. 1892), well-known painter

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Stiefel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stiefel 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 5 September 2016 at 17:04.

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