The history of the Wackerl family name begins in the German province of Bavaria
. Wackerl is a nickname
surname, a class of German names derived from eke-names, or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Wackerl is a name for a person who was watchful.
Early Origins of the Wackerl family
The surname Wackerl was first found in Bavaria
and Wuerttemberg, where the name 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 Wackerl family
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Wackerl Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Wackerl include Wacker, Wackerl (Bavaria), Wackert, Waeckerle and many more.
Early Notables of the Wackerl family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wackerl family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wackerl or a variant listed above: Andreas Wacker, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738; Bernhart Wacker also came to Philadelphia in 1749; Jacob Wacker came to Maryland in 1765; John Wacker settled along the Mississippi at the age of 40 in 1820.