My name is Charles Nigl. This name Nigl,can also
be spelled Niggl. It is possible that Niggli is
also a variation.
Ultimately Niggl is a short form of the name
Niklas or Nikolaus.
It is written in an old southern German dialect
which is no longer in existence.
I have found the earliest record of a Niggl, is
a Josef Niggl of Salzburg, he was a Judge for the
Archbishop of Salzburg, he was a judge in Waging
Bavaria in 1594. He had three sons, Eustachius,
Paul and Josef II.
Josef Niggl married first Margaretha Praitenlechner
of Siglsdorf. I suspect that Josef lived somewhere
near to Siglsdorf, but I have no idea, where that
village is located.
Later Josef married Maria Khern,in 1627, he died
about 4 months later.
Eustachius and Paul Niggl died near the vicinity
of Werfen,Austria, where their father died in
1627. Josef Niggl II, moves out of the Salzburg
area, I believe to the area around Passau.
There is no record of his death or the death of
his wife in Salzburg.
I have discovered, Niggls living near to the
Castles of Crazy Ludwig, at Neuschwanstein,in the
Also there are Niggls living in the Bayerischewald
to the north of Passau. In the villages of Waldkirchen,
Bischofsreut, Freyung ect.
Many Nigls moved to Oshkosh Wi. in the 1870s,and there
appears to be a number in Michigan and California.
There was also a family in Baltimore and several in
New York state.
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