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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.

Bechler Early Origins



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.

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Bechler Spelling Variations


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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.

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Bechler Early History


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Bechler Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bechler research. Another 143 words (10 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.

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Bechler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bechler Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bechler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 came to Philadelphia in 1754
  • Peter Bechler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754

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

Bechler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Johann Bechler, aged 34, arrived in South America in 1909
  • Joseph Bechler, who landed in South America in 1909
  • Maria Bechler, aged 7, arrived in South America in 1909
  • Agatha Bechler, aged 33, landed in South America in 1909
  • Barbara Bechler, aged 15, arrived in South America in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bechler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bechler (post 1700)



  • E. Martin Bechler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956
  • 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
  • Steven Scott Bechler (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball player
  • Carl Bechler, German athlete, who competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    2. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    3. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    8. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bechler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bechler 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2015 at 10:32.

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