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 PREGLER was an Ashkenazic Jewish and German habitation name from the city of Prague, the capital of Czechoslovakia. The name may also have been applied or taken by someone who came from elsewhere in Bohemia, the name of the nearest large town being preferred to a more precise local designation. It is also possible that in some cases the name may derive from PRAGA on the Vistula opposite Warsaw known in Yiddish as PRAGE. The name is also spelt PRAGERMAN, PROGER, Van PRAAG, Van PRAAGH and PRAZAK. When traditional Jews were forced to take family names by the local bureaucracy, it was an obligation imposed from outside traditional society, and people often took the names playfully and let their imaginations run wild by choosing names which corresponded to nothing real in their world. No one alive today can remember the times when Jews took or were given family names (for most Ashkenazim this was the end of the 18th century or the beginning of the 19th) although many remember names being changed after emigration to other countries, such as the United States and Israel in recent years. The name is also spelt PREGL and PREGELER. Fritz PREGL (1869-1930) was the chemist, born in Laibach, Austria. He studied at the university of Graz, with which he was associated for most of his life, and where he became director of the Medico-Chemical Institute in 1913. He was awarded the Novel Prize for Physics in 1923. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization.
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