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

The distinguished surname Trexler is of German origin. It is derived from the Middle High German "Drehseler," meaning "turner," and was most likely initially borne by a turner or lathe worker.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Drechsler, Drechsel, Drexler, Drexel, Drexell, Drachsler, Drachsel, Draxler, Draxel, Draxell, Dressler, Dressel, Trechsler, Trechsel, Trexler, Trexel, Trexell, Trachsler, Trachsel, Traxler, Traxel, Traxell and many more.

First found in the region of Thuringia, where this particular variation first emerged. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Herman der Drahsil, who was living in Weingarten, a town just beyond the borders of Thuringia, in 1270. The Trexler family was an integral part of a feudal society which would shape modern European history, and played an important role in the development of German society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trexler research. Another 234 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1367, 1414, and 1591 are included under the topic Early Trexler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Trexler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trexler Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Michael Trexler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771
  • Peter Trexler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771

Trexler Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • David Trexler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805

Trexler Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • S.G. Trexler, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Harry Trexler, aged 52, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Mary Trexler, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Mrs. Charles Trexler, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Charles Trexler, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1909


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  • Harry Clay Trexler (1854-1933), American industrialist who built a business empire in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Marion Trexler (1891-1968), American Indy 500 racecar driver
  • Georg Trexler (1903-1979), German composer
  • Roswitha Trexler (b. 1936), German soprano/mezzosoprano singer
  • Richard Trexler (1932-2007), professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton


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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  9. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Trexler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trexler 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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