Bechler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Bechler surname is derived from the Middle High German words "bach," meaning a "stream," and the suffix "ler," indicating an inhabitant of. As such, it was a topographic name for someone who lived by a stream.

Early Origins of the Bechler family

The surname Bechler was first found in southern Germany, where the family was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society of early Europe. The earliest individual to be mentioned in chronicles is one Cunrat Baecheler of Konstanz in the year 1259.

Important Dates for the Bechler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bechler research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1589 is included under the topic Early Bechler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bechler Spelling Variations

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 Bechler include Bechler, Bechlere, Bechlen, Bechel, Bechller, Bechllere, Bechllen, Becler, Beclere, Beckl, Becklere, Beckler, Becklen, Beckle, Beckller, Bechl, Bechle, Becheler, Bechel, Baechler, Baechl, Baecheler, Bechlel and many more.

Early Notables of the Bechler family (pre 1700)

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Bechler migration to the United States

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 Bechler or a variant listed above:

Bechler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Simon Bechler, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754
  • Peter Bechler, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754
  • Peter Bechler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
Bechler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Bechler, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1842
  • Christian Bechler who arrived in New York City in 1846
  • Christian Bechler, who landed in New York, NY in 1846 [1]
Bechler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Johann Bechler, aged 34, who arrived in South America in 1909 [1]
  • Joseph Bechler, who landed in South America in 1909 [1]
  • Maria Bechler, aged 7, who arrived in South America in 1909 [1]
  • Agatha Bechler, aged 33, who landed in South America in 1909 [1]
  • Barbara Bechler, aged 15, who arrived in South America in 1909 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bechler (post 1700)

  • Steven Scott Bechler (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball player
  • E. Martin Bechler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956 [2]
  • Donald A. Bechler, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 16th District, 1974, 1976; Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1976 [2]
  • Carl Bechler, German athlete, who competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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