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

The Muhl 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. Muhl is an occupational name for a miller, derived from the Old Germanic "Mulinari."


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 Muhl include Mueller, Muller, Mueler, Muler, Miller, Moeller, Muellner, Milner, Molner and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muhl 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 Muhl History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 253 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Muhl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Muhl or a variant listed above:

Muhl Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Muhl, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Joh Samuel Muhl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Georg Eeberhart Muhl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754

Muhl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Muhl, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Christoph Muhl, who landed in America in 1882


  • Erica Muhl (b. 1961), American American Academy of Arts and Letters award winning composer and conductor
  • Charlotte Kemp Muhl (b. 1987), American model, actress, singer, and musician


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