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The ancestors of the Mettler family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Methley, Yorkshire. Methley is situated midway between Leeds and Pontefract and the town dates back to Anglo-Saxon times.The village of Methley contains a fine church dating from the 14th century with family tombs and medieval carvings which inspired the sculptures of Henry Moore.

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The surname Mettler was first found in Yorkshire from very ancient times. At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 the village of Methley, midway between Leeds and Pontefract, was held by Ilbert de Lacy, a Norman noble who accompanied King William in his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066. The village of Methley contains a fine church dating from the 14th century with family tombs and medieval carvings which inspired the sculptures of Henry Moore.

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Mettler were recorded, including Methley, Methly, Mettley, Meythly, Methelay, Methlay and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mettler research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1379 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Mettler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mettler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Mettler arrived in North America very early:

Mettler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans George Mettler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • George Mettler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761

Mettler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Mettler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Wilhelm Mettler, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1849
  • Johann Jakob Mettler, who landed in America in 1851
  • Anselm Mettler, who landed in Mississippi in 1871
  • Barbara Mettler, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1874


Mettler Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Alexander Mettler, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1751

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  • Ruben F. Mettler (1924-2006), American businessman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TRW Inc. from 1977 to 1988
  • William Roy "Bill" Mettler Jr. (b. 1946), American former competitive swimmer and former world record-holder
  • Cecilia Charlotte Asper Mettler (1909-1943), American medical historian, the first female professor of the history of medicine in the United States
  • John M. Mettler, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 7th District, 1911-12
  • Joe Mettler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1964
  • J. Charles Mettler, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Dölf Mettler (b. 1934), Swiss composer and painter
  • Barbara Mettler (b. 1971), Swiss cross country skier at the 1994 Winter Olympics
  • Liselotte Mettler (b. 1939), Austrian-German surgeon
  • Peter Mettler (b. 1958), Canadian film director and cinematographer


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The Mettler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mettler 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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