The surname Bockler is of nickname
derivation and the surname arose from a nickname by which the original bearer was known. In this case, it is derived from the Old German word bock, which meant goat or donkey, and was given to a person known for being stubborn and for being spiteful. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demi-gods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.
Early Origins of the Bockler family
The surname Bockler was first found in Swabia, where the family became noted for its many branches with the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. Literally, in its mediaeval context, the name meant "one who is spiteful."
Early History of the Bockler family
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Bockler Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bockler, Bocher, Bochler, Boechli (Alemannia), Bochtler (Wuerttemberg), Bochter and many more.
Early Notables of the Bockler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bockler family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Adrian Bochler, who came to Philadelphia in 1872.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bockler (post 1700)
- Annette Mirjam Böckler (b. 1966), teaching assistant for Bible and Jewish Exegesis at the Hochschule fuer Juedische Studien (College for Jewish Studies) at the University of Heidelberg