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Where did the German Felder family come from? What is the German Felder family crest and coat of arms? When did the Felder family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Felder family history?

The German surname Felder emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. Brandenburg-Prussia was essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.


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 Felder include Feld, Felde, Fellde, Felder, Fellder, Felden and others.

First found in East and West Prussia, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Felder research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1839, and 1869 are included under the topic Early Felder History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Felder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Felder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Albrecht Michael Felder arrived in Philadelphia in 1752

Felder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Arnold Felder arrived in Philadelphia in 1806
  • Arnold Felder, who arrived in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Carl Felder came to Texas in 1836
  • Gustav Felder came to Texas in 1850
  • Henry Felder, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1854

Felder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Carolina Felder, who landed in Quebec in 1850


  • Wilton Lewis Felder (1940-2015), American saxophone and bass player, best known as a founding member of The Jazz Crusaders, later known as The Crusaders
  • Richard Felder (b. 1939), American engineering educator, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University
  • Mike Felder (b. 1961), American Major League Baseball player
  • John Myers Felder (1782-1851), American politician and congressman
  • Don Felder (b. 1947), American rock musician, best known as the lead guitarist for the Eagles
  • Clarence Felder (b. 1938), American film and television character actor
  • Amanda Felder Derkacs, American triathlete
  • Robert C. Felder (b. 1942), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Benin, 1998
  • Pat A. Felder, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000
  • John Myers Felder (1782-1851), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1812-16, 1822-24; Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1816-20, 1840-51



  • The David and Elizabeth Shuler Dantzler Family (also Felder) by David Herbert Dantzler.
  • The Felder Family of South Carolina.

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  2. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  7. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  8. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  9. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
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The Felder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Felder 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.

This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 11:08.

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