This surname of NAEGELI is a Dutch occupational name for a maker of nails, originally spelt as NAYL. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. The Dutch language is most closely related to Low German, and its surnames have been influenced both by German and French naming practices. The preposition 'van' is found especially with habitation names, and the 'de' mainly with nicknames.
Compared to other countries, Dutch heraldry is notably simpler, some of the shields bearing only a single charge. Generally speaking one helmet, one shield and one crest has been used, quartering is uncommon and mottoes are rare. Other spellings of the name include NAGLER, NEAGLE, NAHLER, NAGELMACHER, NAGELMAKER and NAGEL, to name but a few. This surname seems to have made enormous strides in the United States. Martin NEAGLE sailed for Virginia in 'The Rebecca' in the year l679. A notable of the name includes Karl Wilhelm von NAGELI who was the Swiss botanist and physicist. He was professor at Munich from 1858, and one of the early writers on evolution. Another notable of the name is Kelvin NAGLE, (l920-) Australian golfer, born in north Sydney. With Peter Thomson he was the first of the Australian golfers to make a considerable mark abroad. After winning the Australian Open in l959, he won the British Open in l960 and came second in the same event two years later. He was also moderately successful in the USA at a time when comparatively few foreign golfers competed there, coming second in the US Open of l965. An amiable man with a relaxed swing, he represented Australia in their World Cup side on nine occasions between l954 and l966, taking part in two trophy-winning sides. He set up a record low aggregate of 260 (64-65-66-65) when winning the Irish Hospitals event in l96l and continued to be a formidable golfer even in his 50s, taking the World Senior title in l97l.
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