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Vogel Coat of Arms / Vogel Family Crest

Vogel Coat of Arms / Vogel Family Crest

The surname of VOGEL is of German and Dutch origin, a locational name meaning the dweller at the sign of the bird, one who hunted animals. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Almost every city, town or village existing in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. Where a man lived was his means of identification. When a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known, and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or birthplace, or by the name of the land which he owned. The name has numerous variant spellings which include DE VOGE, DE VOOGEL, DE VOGHEL, FOGIEL, FEIGELMAN, VAGEL, FUGL, FOGELBERG, FOGELSTROM and VOGELFANG. Notables of the name include Hermann Carl VOGEL (1841-1907) who was the German astronomer, born in Leipzig. He became assistant and later director of the observatory at Potsdam in 1882. Hermann VOGEL (1834-98) was the German chemist, born in Dobrilugk, Brandenburg. He taught at Berlin, and invented the orthochromatic photographic plate. Vladimir VOGEL (1896-1984) was the Russian composer, born in Moscow. He studied at Moscow and in Berlin. He composed orchestral works, chamber music and secular oratorios, including 'Wagadu Destroyed' (1935). The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. 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. 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. Many immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania.


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last updated on: April 3rd, 2017

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