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The surname Boechli 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.

Boechli Early Origins



The surname Boechli 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."

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Boechli Early History


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Boechli Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boechli research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1315, 1342, 1559, 1617, 1687, 1664 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Boechli History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Boechli Spelling Variations


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Boechli Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Bockler, Bocher, Bochler, Boechli (Alemannia), Bochtler (Wuerttemberg), Bochter and many more.

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Boechli Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Boechli Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boechli 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Adrian Bochler, who came to Philadelphia in 1872.

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