Epler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Epler surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Epler is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Epler was given to someone who lived in Bavaria, where they became known from the early Middle Ages as an important family within the social and cultural life of the community.
Early Origins of the Epler family
The surname Epler was first found in Bavaria, where the family held a family seat in the Middle Ages. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Eberhart and Friedericus of Ebs in Bavaria in 1190, Albertus (Appelinus) dictus Eppelin in Heilbronn in 1283, Rudel Eppfeler in Glatz in 1367, Nicholous Eppler in Iglau in 1390.
Early History of the Epler family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Epler research. Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1295, 1434, 1515, 1586, 1598, 1717, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Epler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Epler Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Epler include Epple, Eppler, Epler, Eppel, Eppell, Eppli, Epp, Eppo, Eppe, Eppard, Eppele, Eppelin, Eppeler, Eppfeler, Eppelen, Epplen, Eppan, Eppaner, Epplan, Eplan, Epling, Eppling, Eps, Epps, Ebs, Ebbs, Eppes, Epes, Eppley and many more.
Early Notables of the Epler family (pre 1700)
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Epler migration to the United States +
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:
Epler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Adam Epler, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1760
- Adam Epler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1760 
- Jacob Epler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 
- Valentine Epler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 
- David Epler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1767 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Epler (post 1700) +
- William Epler (b. 1835), American politician, Delegate to Nevada State Constitutional Convention, 1863
- William Epler, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Duluth, Minnesota, 1859-60
- James M. Epler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1876
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)