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The ancient and distinguished German surname Emler originated in the former duchy of Swabia, where the ancestral home of the family remains to this day. The name is derived from the Middle German word "Himel," meaning "heaven, sky," and developed into a surname through a number of origins. Firstly, "Himmel" is the name of a number of different places throughout Germany; thus, the original bearer of the name may have been a native of one of these areas. Alternatively, the name may have been originally bestowed as a nickname in some form, such as "Himmelstützer" (support the sky) on a very tall person, or "Himmelseher" (sky gazer) on someone who was fond of the stars.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Himmel, Himml, Himmler, Himmeler, Himel, Himler, Himeler and many more.

First found in Swabia, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. The first individual to be recorded in ancient chronicles was Burcardus zem Himel of Basel in 1297.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Emler research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1756, 1792, 1795, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Emler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Emler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Emler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Erreck Mens Emler, aged 27, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732

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  • Jay Scott Emler, American Republican politician, Member of Kansas State Senate 35th District; Elected 2000


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

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