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

The ancient and distinguished surname Koelling is of German origin. The name is derived from the Alemmanic word "Kohler," meaning "charcoal burner," and was most likely originally borne by a practitioner of this occupation.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kohler, Koehler, Koler, Kolar, Koller, Kollar, Koeler, Koelar, Koelle, Koeller, Koellar, Koellner, Koelner, Coler, Cohler, Coeler and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the family rose to prominence early in the mediaeval era. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of what would become the German nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koelling research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1569, 1719, 1602, 1658 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Koelling History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Koelling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Koelling Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johann Koelling, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1793

Koelling Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • A. Koelling, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Dora Koelling, aged 10, who emigrated to America, in 1894
  • Etta Koelling, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1894
  • George Koelling, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Lena Koelling, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1894

Koelling Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Mrs Karl Koelling, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Mrs. George Koelling, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Wilhelm Koelling, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Menninghuessen, Germany, in 1923

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  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
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The Koelling Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Koelling 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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