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Where did the German Koehly family come from? What is the German Koehly family crest and coat of arms? When did the Koehly family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Koehly family history?

The origins of the proud surname Koehly can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslovakia. In the Middle Ages, Bohemia was a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Koehly family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The Koehly name derives from the Old German word "cholo," which meant "cabbage;" the surname was an occupational name for a person who grew or sold cabbages.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kohl, Kohle, Koehl (Swabia), Koel, Kol, Koehll, Koehle, Khole and many more.

First found in Bohemia, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation. The literal meaning of this name is "cabbage" and thus "cabbage farmer," and is to be differentiated from the name Kohler or Koehler, which means "coal miner."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koehly research. Another 435 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1594, 1598, 1777, and 1816 are included under the topic Early Koehly History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Koehly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Kohl, who left the Palatinate for England in 1709. Anna Barbara, Luis, Margaretha, and Nicolas Kohl all settled in South Carolina in 1732; while Nicolas Kohle came to America in 1777 and Gottlieb Kohle settled in Allegany County in 1853..

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The Koehly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Koehly Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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