Stoffel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German name Stoffel, was formed from the given name Steffen, which comes from the Greek "Stephanos," meaning "crown." Versions of this name are numerous throughout Christian Europe due to the martyr St. Steven.

Early Origins of the Stoffel family

The surname Stoffel was first found in Prussia, where the name gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging feudal society that would shape Europe. It later became more prominent as many branches of the house migrated and acquired foreign estates, some in such distant lands as Utrecht in Holland. Members of this family constantly improved their social status through their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Stoffel family

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Stoffel Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Stoffel include Steffens, Stefens, Steven, Stefan, Steffan, Steffe, Steffen, Stephan, Stoffen, Steffl, Steffensen, Stephansen, Stilfens, Stilphen, Stilphens and many more.

Early Notables of the Stoffel family (pre 1700)

Notable figures of the time with the name Stoffel were Johann Steffens (1560-1616), a German composer, who wrote German madrigals and dance-songs, as well as sacred and instrumental pieces. Also notable was Henrik Steffens (1773-1845), a German author-philosopher of Norwegian extraction, who moved to Germany after his controversial...
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Stoffel Ranking

In the United States, the name Stoffel is the 8,162nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Stoffel is ranked the 4,326th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Stoffel migration to the United States +

The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Stoffels to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Stoffel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Stoffel, who landed in New York in 1709 [3]
  • Joh Michael Stoffel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [3]
  • J Henry Stoffel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [3]
  • Michael Stoffel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763 [3]
  • Henry Stoffel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [3]
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Stoffel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Stoffel, who landed in Maryland in 1822 [3]
  • John Stoffel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [3]
  • Louis Stoffel, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1857 [3]
  • Johann Stoffel, who arrived in South America in 1871 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Stoffel (post 1700) +

  • Dale C. Stoffel (1961-2004), American businessman and arms dealer who was killed in an ambush in Taji, Iraq
  • Josy Stoffel (1928-2021), Luxembourgish gymnast who participated in five consecutive editions of the Summer Olympic Games (1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964)
  • Michel Stoffel (1903-1963), Luxembourg artist and author

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