Show ContentsVandal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Vandal lie in the former duchy of Swabia. The name is derived from the personal names "Wand," "Wend," and "Wendel," which are themselves all derived from the Old High German verb "wandern," meaning "to wander." The original bearer of the surname was most likely the son of one named Wendel.

Early Origins of the Vandal family

The surname Vandal was first found in the duchy of Swabia, where it most likely first emerged. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Hans Wenderl, who was a resident of the town of Weilheim in 1466. The young Vandal family was instrumental in the development of medieval Swabian society, and quickly became one of the prominent families of the region.

Early History of the Vandal family

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Vandal Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wendel, Wandal, Wandel, Wendal, Vandal, Vandel, Vendel and many more.

Early Notables of the Vandal family

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Vandal Ranking

In Quebec, Canada, the name Vandal is the 928th most popular surname. 1

United States Vandal migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vandal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Vandal, who settled in Baltimore in 1828
  • J J H Vandal, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Vandal (post 1700) +

  • Daniel "Dan" Vandal, Canadian politician in Winnipeg, Manitoba

  1. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  2. 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