My family is descended from a German immigrant named Franz Siepel who was born in Berlin in 1852, came to NYC in 1879, moved to Chicago in the early 1880s, and later moved to Buffalo for a while (where his son Charles lived and left two sons, five grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, of which I am one). Franz apparently led a rather restless and colorful life; among other things, he had a total of four wives.
I have seen quite a bit of information here and at another site (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~seiple/seiple4.htm) on the names Seiple, Seipel, Seibel, and similar, but I have seen no mention of Siepel among these names. Can anyone tell me whether Siepel is part of this larger extended family of names, and if it is, what the relationship is?
P.S. We pronounce our name "See-pull", which I suspect may be different from many of you, who may use a long "i" sound.
P.P.S I was recently contacted by a Mary Jane Siepel White, whose family was descended from a Philip Ira Siepel, who was born in 1819 in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany and came to Hancock County, IL in 1854, via Virginia and Pennsylvania. Interestingly, this family, while they spell their name like mine, pronounce it with a long "i".
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