Vechtel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Vechtel family

The surname Vechtel was first found in Bavaria, where the name Vorchtel was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Vechtel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vechtel research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1749 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Vechtel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vechtel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vorchtel, Vörchtel, Vorchdorfer, Vocktel, Vockel, Vechtel, Vechten, Förchtl, Virgil, Virtual, Virchel and many more.

Early Notables of the Vechtel family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Vechtel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Vechtel family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry A. Forcht, who came to South Dakota ; Henrich Vocke, who settled in Newfoundland in 1775-1781; J. Forchtel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850.


Contemporary Notables of the name Vechtel (post 1700) +

  • Bernhard Vechtel, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 108 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross


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