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Where did the German Bleyle family come from? What is the German Bleyle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bleyle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bleyle family history?

The surname Bleyle may be derived from the Old High German "Pluwil" or the Middle High German "Bliuwel" meaning a "stick" or "cudgel" perhaps suggesting a drumstick or pestle. The name may have been assigned to the bearer as a nickname for a stick-like figure or one who fought with or carried a stick. Or the name could have been given due to an occupation, such as one who used such sticks, perhaps a miller, or one who cut and sold sticks. Alternatively, the surname Bleyle may be derived from the Old High German "blao" meaning "blue" and probably would have been given as a nickname for any variety of reasons. The element "blao" also appears in a number of forenames such as Blauhart and Blawo, and in place names such as Plawen and Plaue. Therefore the surname may also be patronymic, indicating the son of Blawo, or toponymic, from the name of the place where the bearer once lived. The name Bleyle, can be found in compound names such as Pleuefisch, meaning "fishing rod." The consonants "p" and "b" are phonetically very similar in the German language. This makes them often interchangeable, and so the surname Bleyle can appear with either a "P" or a "B."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Plewe, Plewes, Pleul, Pleuer, Bleuer, Bleuwer, Pleuler, Bleuler, Plaul, Plahl, Bleil, Bleyle and many more.

First found in Bavaria, and other Upper German lands, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Records of the surname Bleyle date back to the early 14th Century, when Johann Blaue was recorded in 1302, a Flahsblüwel in 1318 in Freiburg, a Wescheplewel in 1363 in Nuremburg, Haintz Blaewli in 1391 in Klosters, and Stephen Pleul in 1409 in Moravia.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bleyle research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1758, 1788, 1792, 1797, 1800, 1823, and 1850 are included under the topic Early Bleyle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 108 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bleyle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Vrena Bleueler, who settled in Carolina in 1734; and Caspar Pleuler, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1735. Emigrants from Switzerland, who were heading to America, included Elise Bleuer in 1828.

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The Bleyle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bleyle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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