The meaning of our family name is not clear. The name may stem from “Stecken” (trees) on a mountain or from a “stahelen” (steep) mountain. The family coat of arms suggests both interpretations.
The first mentioning of our family name is in a Cologne deed dating back to 1244 and later in Old Livonia. The fate of the Stackelberg family in the centuries thereafter is a true picture of the political changes in the Baltic Sea area.