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The Moeller surname is thought to have originated in Bavaria, Germany. As hereditary surnames began to be adopted in that area beginning in the 12th century, people were often identified by the kind of work they did. Moeller is an occupational name for a miller, derived from the Old Germanic "Mulinari."

Moeller Early Origins



The surname Moeller was first found in Southern Germany, where they were established in the Middle Ages. The name is the German form of the Latin name "Molinarius," "Mulinari" in Old German. The modern form of the name, Mueller, is documented early on in the chronicles of Swabia, wherein the knight Conrad von Husen is noted as having become known as Mueller for his ownership of a mill.

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Moeller Spelling Variations


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Moeller Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Moeller include Mueller, Muller, Mueler, Muler, Miller, Moeller, Muellner, Milner, Molner and many more.

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Moeller Early History


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Moeller Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moeller research. Another 477 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1693, 1670, 1752, 1807, 1631, 1675, 1779, 1829, 1828, 1815, 1758, 1749, 1825, 1806 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Moeller History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moeller Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moeller Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Moeller in this period include Heinrich Müller (1631-1675) was a German devotional author, Protestant author of hymns and Lutheran theologian; Adam Heinrich Mueller (1779-1829), ennobled in 1828 as Ritter von Nittersdorf, who influenced Hegel and accompanied Metternich to Paris in 1815, Johann Matthias Mueller, a...

Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moeller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Moeller or a variant listed above:

Moeller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hanss Heinrich Moeller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • John Henry Moeller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Rosina Moeller, who arrived in New York, NY in 1743
  • Martin Moeller, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782
  • Caspar Moeller, who landed in New York, NY in 1782
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moeller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • August Wilhelm Moeller, aged 25, landed in New York in 1841
  • Anna Sophia Moeller, aged 38, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849
  • Maria Moeller, who landed in New York in 1850
  • Wilhelm Moeller, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1850
  • Joachim Moeller, who arrived in New York in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moeller (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Moeller (post 1700)



  • Philip Moeller (1880-1958), American stage producer and director, playwright and screenwriter
  • Henry K. Moeller (1849-1925), American prelate of the Catholic Church
  • Gustave Moeller (1881-1931), American-born artist
  • Joseph Douglas Moeller (b. 1943), former American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Johnny Moeller (b. 1970), American blues guitarist
  • Chad Edward Moeller (b. 1975), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Dennis Michael Moeller (b. 1967), former American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Ralf Rudolf Moeller (b. 1959), German and American actor and former competitive bodybuilder
  • Christian Moeller (b. 1959), German architect and artist
  • Erik Moeller, German freelance journalist software developer author, and Deputy Director of the Wikimedia Foundation
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute ingenioque valemus
Motto Translation: We are strong because our virtue and talent


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Moeller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moeller 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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