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The roots of the distinguished German surname Ohler lie in the region of Hessen. The name is derived from the Middle High German "öler," meaning "oil miller," and was likely first borne by a practitioner of this occupation.

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The surname Ohler was first found in Hessen, where it first emerged in the early Middle Ages, and the young Ohler family played an important role in the region's history. The first known bearer of the name was Johann Oleier, who was living in Frankfurt in the year 1291. The young Ohler family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval Hessen society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ohler, Oehler, Öler, Öhler, Oiler, Ohlenschlager, Ohleyer, Ohligschlager, Ohlschlager, Öhlschläger, Öhlenschläger, Oelenschlaeger and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ohler research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1380, 1777, and 1852 are included under the topic Early Ohler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ohler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ohler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johann Peter Ohler, who landed in America in 1730
  • Anton Ohler, aged 22, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Philip Jacob Ohler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1768

Ohler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Martin Ohler, who arrived in America in 1851

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  • Jason Ohler, American writer and professor of educational technology at the University of Alaska
  • Aloys Karl Ohler (1817-1889), German Catholic cleric and educationist


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

This page was last modified on 8 April 2016 at 12:06.

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