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The roots of the distinguished German surname Wandel 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.

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

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 Wandel family was instrumental in the development of medieval Swabian society, and quickly became one of the prominent families of the region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wandel research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1466, 1515, 1645, 1709, 1739, 1774, and 1800 are included under the topic Early Wandel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wandel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wandel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Tobias Wandel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Wandel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Augustin Wandel settled in Philadelphia in 1819
  • Augustin Wandel, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819
  • Friedrich Wandel, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1854
  • James H Wandel, who landed in Minnesota in 1879
  • James H. Wandel, who arrived in Minnesota in 1879

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  • Jasper Wandel, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1872-73
  • Günther Wandel (b. 1902), well-known German writer


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The Wandel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wandel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 18 January 2016 at 11:58.

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