Nebelsiek (surname)

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Origin and Meaning

The Nebelsiek surname is derived from a place name: a “Siek“ is an humid depression or a pond. To characterize this “Siek” a second word “Nebel”, meaning mist or fog, was added. So the meaning of the surname is the “person living near the misty depression/pond”. It is very likely that the name originates from the Nebelsiek farm in Falkendiek No. 10 (north of Herford), where it appears as early as approximately 1500.

Variants of the Name

In the present only three variants of the name are still used:

  • Nebelsiek with 46 entries in the Telefone registry in 2005 is the most common variant. There are only two entries of this variant in the USA in the same year.
  • Nebelsieck with 31 entries is second commonest variant in Germany, while there are 5 entries in the USA.
  • Nebelsick appears only 4 times in the German telephone registry, but with 37 entries it is by far the most frequent variant in the USA.

In earlier centuries the Low German versions Nevelsiek, Nevelsieck, Nevelsick and Nievelsiek, Nievelsieck, Nievelsick did also appear frequently.

Geographical Distribution

relative distribution of the lastname Nebelsiek (a total of 36 entries in 2002) created by Geogen 3.0
legend: less than 10 occurrence per million, up to 15 occ./mil., up to 30 occ./mil., up to 45 occ./mil., up to 60 occ./mil., more than 60 occ./mil.

Up to the 19th century the surname appeared almost exclusively in the regions of Herford, Heepen, Lippe, Pyrmont, Hameln and Waldeck, from where it gradually spread to other regions. Almost all bearers of the surname could be liked to the following three family lines by the very extensive research done in the past:

  • Nebelsiek of Falkendiek (originally the town was called Evinctorp). From about 1500 to 1872 the family is sure to have been living there on the Halbmeier farm No. 10. About 1872 the farm was sold, and the buildings burned down in WWII. Since most of the descendants of this line married onto other farms of the region and thus took up the names of these farms, there are now only few descendants of this line who actually bear the surname Nebelsiek. Their ancestor is a son of the last Colon Nebelsiek of Falkendiek, who migrated to Bochum-Weitmar in the 19th century.
  • Nebelsiek of Baarsen. When about 1522 the deserted village of Baarsen in the earldom of Pyrmont was colonised anew, there was a Nebelsiek among the settlers, who was married to the widow of the son of the owner of the Meier zu Lockhausen farm. As the village Lockhausen is situated close to Herford it appears not unlikely that he originated from the Nebelsiek farm in Falkendiek. Most Nebelsieks who live now in Germany are descendants of this line, from which came many forest wardens (forest rangers). Until the 19th century they lived mainly in the Hameln-Pyrmont and Waldeck regions.
  • Nebelsiek of Eckendorf (called Eckentrup in the past). The Nebelsieks of this line are known to have lived as hereditary tenants in a cottage of the Eckentrup estate. Up to 1833 the cottage was listed under Nebelsiek in the files of the estate, even though the family used the surname Döweler since about 1700. The cottage was situated in the Prussian part of the Eckentrup estate, probably very close to the old rampart which formed the border between Lippe and Ravensberg. This family line has not yet been researched completely, because only recently it was realized that some families changed their surname or used more than just one surname. Descendants of this line used to live in tha parish of Heepen and in the western part of Lippe and emigrated to the USA in the 19th century, changing the spelling of their name to Nebelsick.



emigrants from the Falkendiek line:

  • Ernst Joseph Nebelsiek, b. 1905 Bonn, m. before 1930 to "Helrto" => 1928 St. Louis, Missouri, USA, returned to Germany

emigrants from the Baarsen line:

  • Heinrich Friedrich Dülm, b. about 1804, widower (m. about 1826) of Dorothea Carolina Luisa Nebelsiek, b. 1806 Hagen, Pyrmont, with his children => 1855 Texas, USA
  • Josef Georg Heinrich Nebelsieck, b. 1815 Armsfeld, Waldeck => 1843 USA, destination unknown
  • Christian Philipp Nebelsieck, b. 1819 Armsfeld, Waldeck, m. about 1852 Mary … => 1843 Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York, USA, there is no trace of this family after 1889
  • Dorothea Wilhelmine Caroline Nebelsiek, b. 1823 Baarsen, Pyrmont, m. 1854 Christian Wittbrock => 1854, destination probably Ohio, USA, family could not be found in the USA
  • Heinrich Carl Ludwig Nebelsiek, b. 1825 Kalldorf, Lippe m. 1857 Marianna Seigenthaler => 1850 Wisconsin, USA, there is no trace of this family after 1860
  • Heinrich Friedrich August Nebelsiek, b. 1825 Baarsen, Pyrmont => 1854 destination probably Ohio, USA, he could not be found in the USA
  • Friedrich Christian Ludwig Nebelsiek (probably called Ludwig), b. 1828 Baarsen => is said to have emigrated to the USA in the 1850s, destination unknown
  • Carl Heinrich Friedrich Nebelsiek, b. 1832 Mosterholz (Baarsen), Pyrmont => 1853 Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, USA, there is no trace of him after 1860
  • Otto Alexander Nebelsiek, b. 1835 Wildenborn, Sachsen => USA (most likely no descendants)
  • Julius Christian Nebelsiek, b. 1837 Mosterholz (Baarsen), Pyrmont => about 1857 Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, later Wisconsin, USA (most likely no descendants)
  • Bernhard Friedrich Edmund Nebelsieck, b. 1838 Eutin => before 1867 Odessa, Russia (he returned to Germany)
  • Wilhelm Christian Nebelsieck, b. 1843 Eutin => before 1872 Odessa, Russia
  • Caroline Emilie Charlotte Nebelsiek, b. 1843 Osterhagen, Lippe, m. 1866 Friedrich Simon Ernst Dünne => 1881 Mount Morris, Ogle Co., Illinois, USA
  • Ferdinand Heinrich Theodor Hermann Nebelsiek, b. 1843 Stryck, Waldeck m. 1877 Dorothea Caroline Scharnhorst => 1860 Idaho, USA (descendants write their name Nebelsieck)
  • Mathilde Henriette Rudolfine Theodora Nebelsiek, b. 1846 Landau, Waldeck, m. 1883 Carl Adolf Reinhard August Götte => after 1883 Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Georg Friedrich Heinrich Nebelsiek, b. 1849 Emmern, Pyrmont, m. 1886 Emma Gollnast => 1882 Wisconsin, USA (descendants write their name Nebelsiek)
  • Karoline Wilhelmine Justine Nebelsiek, b. 1849 Ottenstein, m. August Frohböse => USA
  • Georg Adolph Carl Richard Nebelsiek, b. 1856 Gellershausen, Waldeck => to Riga or Mitau
  • Heinrich Christian August Nebelsiek, b. 1857 Baarsen, Pyrmont => 1883 USA, destination unknown (Ohio?)
  • Angelika Nebelsieck, b. 1944 Pelplin near Danzig => Australia

emigrants from the Heepen line (all descendants today write their name Nebelsick):

  • Johanne Wilhelmine Nebelsiek, b. 1808 Kriegerheide, Lippe, m. 1832 Anton Ludwig Krüger => 1848 Missouri, USA
  • Henriette Louise Nebelsiek, b. 1818 Biemsen, Lippe, m. 1843 Johann Friedrich Adolph Böhmer => 1846 Missouri, USA
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Nebelsiek, b. 1821 Biemsen, Lippe, m. 1852 Louise Beermann => 1848 Missouri, USA
  • Marie Caroline Amalie Nebelsiek, b. 1823 Biemsen, Lippe (with her illegitimate son Friedrich Wilhelm Dingersen, b. 1843 Biemsen, Lippe), m. 1849 Friedrich A. Beermann => 1848 Missouri, USA
  • Friederike Amalie Nebelsiek, b. 1826 Biemsen, Lippe, m. 1849 Johann Bernd Philipp Schmiedeskamp => before 1849 Missouri, USA

emigrants of unknown lineage:

  • Elisabeth Nebelsiek, b. about 1816 in the kingdom of Hanover, m. 1849 (in Wisconsin?) George Klein(e) => before 1849 (?) La Crosse, La Crosse Co., Wisconsin, USA (most likely from the Baarsen line)
  • Frederick H. Nebelsiek, b. about 1828, d. 1922 => before 1922 New York, USA (most likely from the Baarsen line)
  • Marie Adaline Nebelsiek or Böhmer, b. about 1835 in the kingdom of Hanover m. about 1854 Frederick Henry Meyer => before 1854 Indiana USA (fromm the Heepen or the Baarsen line)
  • Friedrich Nebelsiek, b. 1852 Wechold => 1870 USA, destination unknown (most likely from the Baarsen line)

Geographical Designations

Colloquial Expressions

Paschetag and Nebelsiek, these are the Lords of Falkendiek“, is saying, which our family history researcher Rudolf Nebelsiek heard for the first time when he was talking to a bed neighbour about their shared hobby during a stay in hospital in the beginning of the 1970s.

This saying shows the importance the farms of the two families Paschetag and Nebelsiek had in Falkendiek, and it also shows the resulting family pride. It is a bit surprising that even one hundred years after the last Nebelsieks left the area the saying was still known in the region.

Published in: Hermann Hartmann: Hermann Paschetag. In: Der Minden Ravensberger 1959. Haus und Heimatkalender.


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