Spangenberg Coat of Arms / Spangenberg Family Crest
The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This surname of SPANGENBERG was a German locational name for one who came from SPANGENBURG (moor on the hill) in Germany. The name was also an occupational name for a tinker or pedlar and is also spelt SPENENBERG, SPANGBERG and SPANGLER. The earliest merchants were the itinerant pedlers who carried their stock of goods strapped to their backs. They called upon castles, manor houses and cottages. They often congregated at the church on Sundays to exhibit their wares. The king exercised the power of licensing the right to hold a fair or market which was profitable to the lord and trader alike. The more established traders were attracted to the larger cities, where they grew wealthy and became respected citizens. There were many traders and merchants during medieval times because usually the man who made the article or grew the crop was the dealer. A record of the name mentions a certain B.F. SPANGLER of Columbia who married Sarah Kehler of West Hempfield township, Lancaster County, circa. 1860. Another record includes Sabina SPANGLER who married Peter Hagel, both of whom came to America from Bavaria and were married in the country of their birth. They arrived in America in 1850 and settled at Chestnut Hill Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Sabina SPANGLER died on April 1st, 1895 aged 69. They had seven children from this union. Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. A great number of immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism. Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity.
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