The surname Picher is a local
surname, which is a type of name that is derived from the geography of the place where the original bearer lived or held land. Specifically, this is a topographic surname. Further research revealed that the name is derived from a physical geographical feature of the place where the first member of the Picher family lived which is derived from the Old German word "buehel," which means "hill."
Early Origins of the Picher family
The surname Picher was first found in Baden, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Literally, the name comes either from the Old German word "Buehel," which meant "hill," or from the Old German word "buole," which meant "relative." Chronicles mention Bertolf Buole of Cologne as early as 1178, and Hainrich "on the buehel" of Bregenz in 1340. The family may either have lent its name to, or have originated in the town Buehl in Baden.
Early History of the Picher family
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Picher Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Buhl, Buhle, Buhll, Buhlle, Buhler, Buehler, Beuhler, Pichler and many more.
Early Notables of the Picher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Picher family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peter Buhl, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1738. Peter Buhl arrived in Philadelphia in 1741; while Ulrich Buhler arrived in 1734; Johann David Buhler in 1737 and Georg Ernst Buhler in 1739..
Contemporary Notables of the name Picher (post 1700)
- John Picher (b. 1972), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1936
- Arthur G. Picher, American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Kennebec County (2nd), 1931-32
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