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Early Origins of the Ehlers family

The surname Ehlers was first found in Germany, where the name Ehlers came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status. Like many surnames, the name Ehlers is taken from a personal name common at the time surnames first began to be used in Germany. The name comes from the Germanic words "agil," meaning "the edge or point of a weapon" and "hard" meaning "hardy or strong."

Early History of the Ehlers family

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Ehlers Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ehlert, Ehlers, Ehler, Eiler, Eilert and others.

Early Notables of the Ehlers family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time with the name Ehlers included Ludwig Ehlert, born at Konigsberg 1825, pianist and composer, but chiefly known as a cultivated critic and litterateur. His...
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Ehlers Ranking

In the United States, the name Ehlers is the 5,343rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Ehlers migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ehlers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Heinrich Ehlers, who settled in North America in 1778
  • Heinrich Ehlers, who arrived in America in 1778 [2]
  • Johann Ehlers, who landed in America in 1780 [2]
  • Julius Ehlers, who landed in America in 1780 [2]
  • Joh Conrad Ehlers, who landed in America in 1783 [2]
Ehlers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henrich Ehlers, aged 25, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [2]
  • Carl Ehlers, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 [2]
  • H F Ehlers, aged 29, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [2]
  • Carsten Ehlers, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1830 [2]
  • Dieu Heinr Ehlers, aged 43, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [2]
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New Zealand Ehlers migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ehlers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Fred W. Ehlers, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballarat" in 1867

Contemporary Notables of the name Ehlers (post 1700) +

  • Vernon James "Vern" Ehlers (1934-2017), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan (1993-2011), the first research physicist to be elected to Congress
  • Beth Ehlers (b. 1968), American Daytime Emmy-nominated actress
  • Arthur H. Ehlers (1897-1977), American Major League Baseball front office executive
  • Staff Sergeant Walter David Ehlers (1921-2014), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Jürgen Ehlers (1929-2008), German physicist, recipient of the Max Planck Medal (2002)
  • Hermann Ehlers (1904-1954), German politician, President of the Bundestag (1950 to 1954)
  • Ekkehard Ehlers, German electronic music artist
  • Hans Ehlers, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 54 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Edvard Ehlers (1863-1937), Danish dermatologist, co-eponym of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

  • Hermann Ehlers (1919-1941), German Mechanikersobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

Suggested Readings for the name Ehlers +

  • Germanic Roots of Chicagoans Harvet Metzger Ehlers & Evelynne Meiborg Ehlers: Bauer-Ehlers-Jantzen-Meiborg-Metzger-Nielsen-Wagner-Wittum by Harvey Metzger Ehlers and Evelynne Meiborg Ehlers.

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook