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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kotter, Köter, Koeter, Köther, Kottler, Kother, Kather, Koettler, Koetler and many more.

First found in Swabia, where the name became noted for its many branches with the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In its later history the name became a power unto itself; bearers were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. The name most likely comes from the German word "kottler," meaning "keeper of a granary or silo." Many surnames were taken from the profession of their first bearers; so it is entirely possible that the first person to bear the surname Koettler was such a person.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koettler research. Another 115 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Koettler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Koettler 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: Valentin Kotter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 and Johann Nickel Kotter, who settled there in 1763.

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  8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
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The Koettler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Koettler 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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