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Spiegelberg Coat of Arms / Spiegelberg Family Crest

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This German surname of SPIEGELBERG was an occupational name for a maker or seller of mirrors. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form SPECULUM (to look, to see). 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 name has numerous variant spellings which include SPIELBERG, SPEIGEL, SPIEGELMANN, SPIGLER, SPIEGELMAN and SPEGEL, to name but a few. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. A notable member of the name is Steven SPIELBERG, born in 1947, the American film-maker, from Cincinnati, Ohio. An amateur film-maker as a child, he became one of the youngest television directors at Universal on such projects as 'Night Gallery' (1969). The film 'Duel' (1971) brought him the opportunity to direct for the cinema. His films include 'Jaws' (1975), 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (1977) and 'E.T' (1982).

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