When Joseph Egli was born on 17 November 1765, in Trub, Bern, Switzerland, his father, Christen Egli, was 27 and his mother, Anna Maria Zulauf, was 28. He married Barbara Bagli on 30 April 1790, in Herzogenbuchsee, Bern, Switzerland. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 5 March 1818, at the age of 52, and was buried in Oberbalm, Bern, Switzerland.
Some characteristic forenames: German Konrad, Kurt, Otto.
Swiss German: from a pet form of the ancient Germanic personal name Egenolf or Egilolf (see Egloff ). This surname is also found in Germany and France (Alsace).
Norwegian: habitational name from a farm named Eik(e)li, from eik ‘oak’ + li ‘hillside, slope’. This surname is very rare in Norway.