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Engel Family HistoryRecorded in some twenty spellings including Engel, Engleke, Engelmann, Engels, Engler, Engling and compounds such as Engelberg, Engelmayer and Engelrad, this is a German, Dutch, and sometimes Ashkenasic, surname. It has at least four possible origins. Firstly it may be a short form of an original pre 7th century personal name such as Engelbert or Engelhard, where the meaning is given as "angel-bright" and "angel-hard". The second possible origin is nationalistic, deriving from a tribe called the Angles.
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