Stiffel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Stiffel family

The surname Stiffel was first found in Swabia, where it is thought to have first emerged. The young Stiffel 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.

Early History of the Stiffel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stiffel research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1357, 1362, 1401, 1487, 1567, and 1847 are included under the topic Early Stiffel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stiffel Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Stiffel family (pre 1700)

Notables with the surname Stiffel 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...
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United States Stiffel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stiffel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Stiffel, who landed in America in 1730 [1]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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