Kehler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name Kehler was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived at Keilor, in Angus.

Early Origins of the Kehler family

The surname Kehler was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Kehler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kehler research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1476, 1383 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Kehler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kehler Spelling Variations

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Kehler has been spelled Keller, Kellar, Keeler, Keilor, Keiler, Keillor, Keiller, Kelour, MacKeller and many more.

Early Notables of the Kehler family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Kehler family to Ireland

Some of the Kehler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kehler migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Kehler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Friederich Kehler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Mattheus Kehler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Peter Kehler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Joh Peter Kehler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • John Kehler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kehler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Heinrich Kehler, aged 39, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • Anton Kehler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]

Canada Kehler migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kehler Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Gehrhard Kehler, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Gerhard Kehler, who landed in Manitoba in 1875
  • Jacob Kehler, who landed in Manitoba in 1875
  • Johann Kehler, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Kehler (post 1700) +

  • Frank J. Kehler, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Schuylkill County, 1897-98 [2]

Bismarck
  • Fritz Kehler (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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