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

The name Michler was born in the beautiful region of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslavakia. German surnames developed at a time when most of Bohemia, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to distinguish themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in Bohemia. The surname Michler derived from the given name Michael, which derives in turn from the Hebrew Mika'el. It is composed of "mi" meaning "who," "ke," meaning "like," and "El," a shortened form of "Eloin," meaning "God," with the whole meaning of "who is like God," or "God-like." The popularity of the name Michael resulted from the devotion to the various Judeo-Christian holy figures bearing this name.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Michael, Micheel, Michel, Meikle, Michler, Michaelis (Prussia), Michahelles (North Rhine) and many more.

First found in Bohemia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. 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 the nation.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Michler research. Another 365 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1652, 1755, 1786, 1787, 1592, 1657, 1645 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Michler History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Michler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Michler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Michler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Barbara Michler, who arrived in New York, NY in 1743
  • Johannes Michler, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749
  • J Wolfgang Michler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1757

Michler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Leonard Michler, aged 27, landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Charlotte Michler, who landed in Texas in 1854
  • John Michler, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1858
  • Karl W Michler, who arrived in Kentucky in 1892


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