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History of the Fingerle name
The following infomation was supplied by Markus Fingerle at the University of Hohenheim in Germany.
The Fingerle's come from the Esslingen area of Germany, they all had vineyards and were what one calls simple people. They all seemed to be strong believing Christians and members of the Lutheran Church. How they came to live in this area cannot be said, our family tree reaches back into the 17th century, and at that time they already lived there.
The Fingerle's seem to be a quite old "Suabian" family. "Suabia" is, like for example Bavaria, the area in Germany where the "Suabish", or in German "Schwaebisch", dialect is spoken, so it is not clearly defined, but its about the area surrounded by Heilbronn in the North, Augsburg in the East, the Black Forest in the West and the Bodensee "the big lake in the south" in the South.
The meaning of the word Fingerle is quite clear. "Finger" means the same as the english word finger, and -le simply makes it a small finger. So Fingerle is a small finger. -le is typical for the Saubian dialect, and -le is very often used if you want to talk tenderly. In normal german, its not -le but -lein or -chen. Why somebody calls himself a little finger, I don't know.
Until the 1750's the name was not Fingerle, it was Fingerlin, then somebody changed the old form (which means the same and is just older german) into the new modern form.