Early Origins of the Gehlen family
The surname Gehlen was first found in Silesia
, where the name gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. The name derives from the occupational
name for a town crier, for which the German word is "geller." It is also a nickname
for a man with red hair, from the Yiddish
"gel." It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Early History of the Gehlen family
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Gehlen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gehler, Gehlen, Gehren, Geler, Geller, Gelar, Gelan, Gelder, Geldern, Goler and many more.
Early Notables of the Gehlen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gehlen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Fredrik Gehler, who arrived in New York in 1762; Pete Gehler, who arrived in Dubuque County, Iowa in 1847; Catharina Gehlerin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753..
Contemporary Notables of the name Gehlen (post 1700)
- Walter Gehlen, West German bronze medalist slalom canoeist at the 1965 World Championships
- Dennis Gehlen (b. 1986), also known as TaKe, a German professional StarCraft II commentator
- Reinhard Gehlen (1902-1979), German general, Chief of the Wehrmacht Foreign Armies East military-intelligence unit during World War II and later spymaster of the anti–Communist Gehlen Organisation for the United States (1946–19056);
- Kurt von Gehlen (1927-1995), German mineralogist and professor
- Bruno Gehlen (1871-1951), German entomologist
- Adolph Ferdinand Gehlen (1775-1815), German chemist from Bütow, Farther Pomerania who died from arsenic poisoning in Munich on 16 July 1815, age 39
- Arnold Gehlen (1904-1976), German philosopher and sociologist