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The ancient and distinguished surname Koehler is of German origin. The name is derived from the Alemmanic word "Kohler," meaning "charcoal burner," and was most likely originally borne by a practitioner of this occupation.

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The surname Koehler was first found in Saxony, where the family rose to prominence early in the mediaeval era. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of what would become the German nation.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kohler, Koehler, Koler, Kolar, Koller, Kollar, Koeler, Koelar, Koelle, Koeller, Koellar, Koellner, Koelner, Coler, Cohler, Coeler and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koehler research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1569, 1719, 1602, 1658 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Koehler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Koehler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Koehler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Philip Koehler, aged 21, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johs Koehler, who arrived in America in 1750-1753
  • Henrich Wilhelm Koehler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Johann Koehler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Albright Koehler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761


Koehler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ludwick Koehler, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Herman A Koehler, who landed in Maryland in 1838
  • Conrad Koehler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Nicholaus Koehler, who settled in Missouri in 1849
  • Heinrich Koehler, who landed in Missouri in 1849


Koehler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Julius Koehler, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

Koehler Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Elisabeth Koehler, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
  • Regina Koehler, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
  • Isaac Koehler, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875

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  • Thomas R. "Tom" Koehler (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball player
  • Judy Koehler, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1986
  • John P. Koehler, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1944, 1948
  • John C. Koehler, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 24th District, 1994
  • Herman L. Koehler (b. 1849), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1913-16; Member of Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1917-18
  • Fred T. Koehler, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Windsor Locks, Connecticut, 1925-33
  • Fred Koehler, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 6th District, 1936; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 41st District, 1936
  • Francis C. Koehler, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 6th District, 1926
  • Bert A. Koehler, American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1945; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1948, 1960
  • Margaret Koehler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2008

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  • Keen, Koehler, Kuntzi by Ray A. Keen.
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  2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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  8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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