Kahler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Kahler is a nickname surname; it is derived from a nickname given to the original bearer. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. In this case, the nickname is derived from the German word "kahl," which means "bald."

Early Origins of the Kahler family

The surname Kahler was first found in Lusatia, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles of Silesia include Nickel Kaler of Glatz (c.1384,) and Frenczel Kaler of Goerlitz (c.1434).

Early History of the Kahler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kahler research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1786, 1775, 1792, 1812, 1813, 1837, 1779 and 1815 are included under the topic Early Kahler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kahler Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kahl, Kahle, Kahler, Kahlen, Kahlert, Kahlere, Kahll, Kahller, Kal, Kall, Kale, Kaler, Kaller, Cal, Cahl, Cahle, Cahler and many more.

Early Notables of the Kahler family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Kahler were Conrad Christian Kahle, who held the powerful position of Privy Councillor for War and Defence at the Kurmark Chamber in Prussia. Leonard de Call, born in 1779; a guitar player and composer of harmonious and pretty part songs, which were greatly...
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Kahler Ranking

In the United States, the name Kahler is the 6,076th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Kahler migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kahler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Peter Kahler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
  • Johan Simon Kahler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [2]
  • Johan Simon Kahler, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754
Kahler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Kahler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [2]
  • Conrad Kahler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [2]
  • Edward Kahler, who settled in Texas in 1845
  • Eduard Kahler, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [2]
  • Gotleib Kahler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Kahler migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kahler Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Christoff Kahler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Elisabeth Kahler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Gotlieb Kahler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

Contemporary Notables of the name Kahler (post 1700) +

  • Royal James Kahler (1918-2005), American player in the National Football League
  • George Runnells Kahler (1889-1924), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Arthur D. Kahler (1897-1982), American college football and basketball player and coach
  • Erich von Kahler (1885-1970), renowned mid-twentieth-century European-American literary scholar and essayist
  • Robert William Kahler (b. 1917), former American football player and coach
  • Mary Ellis Kahler (b. 1919), prominent American librarian from Chile. She held prominent positions at the Library of Congress
  • Elizabeth Sartor Kahler (b. 1911), prominent American physician, the president of the American Medical Women's Association (1957-58), and chairman of the A.M.A. Medical Association of D.C. (1967-72)
  • Hans-Joachim Kahler (1908-2000), highly decorated German Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II
  • Wilhelmine Kähler (1864-1941), German politician
  • Heinz Kähler (1905-1974), German ancient art historian and archaeologist
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)


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