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

The Mueller surname is thought to have originated in Bavaria, Germany. As hereditary surnames began to be adopted in that area beginning in the 12th century, people were often identified by the kind of work they did. Mueller is an occupational name for a miller, derived from the Old Germanic "Mulinari."


In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Mueller include Mueller, Muller, Mueler, Muler, Miller, Moeller, Muellner, Milner, Molner and many more.

First found in Southern Germany, where they were established in the Middle Ages. The name is the German form of the Latin name "Molinarius," "Mulinari" in Old German. The modern form of the name, Mueller, is documented early on in the chronicles of Swabia, wherein the knight Conrad von Husen is noted as having become known as Mueller for his ownership of a mill.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mueller research. Another 477 words(34 lines of text) covering the years 1693, 1670, 1752, 1807, 1631, 1675, 1779, 1829, 1828, 1815, 1758, 1749, 1825, 1806 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Mueller History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 253 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mueller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Mueller or a variant listed above:

Mueller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Mueller, who emigrated to America with his wife and five children in 1709
  • Adam Mueller, who landed in New Jersey in 1709
  • Friederich Mueller, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Barbara Mueller, who arrived in Carolina in 1742
  • Hans Ulrich Mueller, who arrived in Carolina in 1743

Mueller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Mueller, aged 31, landed in Missouri in 1839
  • Francis Anton Mueller, who landed in New York in 1839
  • Frederick Mueller, aged 40, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • Heinrich Mueller, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846
  • Gotthelf Mueller, who landed in New York, NY in 1850

Mueller Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adele Mueller, who arrived in America in 1923


  • Eric Mueller (b. 1970), American Olympic and National team rower
  • Lisel Mueller (b. 1924), American poet awarded the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Major-General Paul John Mueller (1892-1964), American Chief of Staff, Far Eastern Command (1946-1949)
  • Gebhard Mueller (1900-1990), German lawyer and politician who was Prime Minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg from 1953 to 1958
  • Erwin Wilhelm Mueller (1911-1977), German-American physicist awarded the National Medal of Science in 1977
  • Herta Mueller (b. 1953), Romanian-born German novelist, poet and essayist noted for her works depicting the harsh conditions of life in Romania under Ceausescu. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2009
  • Karl Alexander Mueller (b. 1927), Swiss physicist who won the Nobel prize for physics in 1987
  • Willard Fritz Mueller, Chief Economist of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in Washington from 1961 to 1968
  • Charles Mueller, Swiss Ambassador to Indonesia and Vietnam from 1970 to 1973
  • Sir Ferdinand Jakob Heinrich von Mueller KCMG (1825-1896), German-Australian physician, geographer, and most notably, a botanist



  • Mueller Genealogy by George P. Mueller.
  • The Mueller Family Tree and the Meier Family Tree, About 1700-1983, 10 Generations by Estella Michels.
  • The Mueller Mystique by Ned Mueller.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute ingenioque valemus
Motto Translation: We are strong because our virtue and talent


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  10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
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The Mueller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mueller 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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