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The surname Piehl was first found in Silesia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Chronicles first mention Mertin Polan of Liegnitz in 1429, and Johann am Pohle in 1546. Often the name meant "from or living near Poland," but "Am Pohle" meant living on or near swampland.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pohl, Pohle, Polan, Pohlan, Pohland, Pohlmann, Poehl and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piehl research. Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1706, 1722, 1815, 1846, 1624, 1695, 1819, 1887, 1826 and 1896 are included under the topic Early Piehl History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Piehl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Piehl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Johann Piehl, who landed in New York, NY in 1850

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  • Frederick H. Piehl (d. 1939), American founder of Piehl, Wisconsin
  • Marcus Piehl (b. 1985), Swedish freestyle swimming medalist


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  7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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The Piehl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Piehl 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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