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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

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)

  • Arnold Gehlen (1904-1976), German philosopher and sociologist

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