Stalder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Stalder, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia, known for its beauty, industry and military power. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Stalder family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Early Origins of the Stalder family

The surname Stalder was first found in Prussia, where the name Stahl was closely associated in early medieval times with the feudal society which became prominent throughout Europe. The name later emerged as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches in Bavaria and Austria. Members of this family became noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Stalder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stalder research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1799, 1860, 1773, 1684, 1750, 1660, 1734, 1687, 1694 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Stalder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stalder 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 Stalder include Stahl, Stahler, Staal, Stahle, Stahli, Stal, Stall, Stahlin, Stahelin, Stahlberg, Stalberg, Stahlburger and many more.

Early Notables of the Stalder family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Stalder during this time period were Marguerite De Launay, Baronne Staal (1684-1750), French author; and George Ernst Stahl (1660-1734), a German chemist and physician, who served as...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stalder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Stalder migration to the United States +

Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Stalder were

Stalder Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward Stalder, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Montgomery" from Malta [1]
  • Rosa Stalder, aged 34, originally from Reinach, Switzerland, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Finland" from Antwerp, Belgium [2]
  • Emilia Eugenia Stalder, aged 20, originally from Geneva, Switzerland, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Southampton, England [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Stalder (post 1700) +

  • Richard Lee Stalder (b. 1951), American former Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections (1992-2008)
  • Marvin Frederick Stalder (1905-1982), American gold medalist at the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Charles W. Stalder, American politician, Candidate for Illinois State Senate 17th District, 1922 [4]
  • Ralph Stalder (b. 1986), Swiss ice hockey defenceman
  • Lara Stalder (b. 1994), Swiss bronze medalist ice hockey defencemen at the 2014 Winter Olympics
  • Lieutenant General Keith J. Stalder, retired United States Marine Corps general, Commander of the United States Marine Corps Forces Pacific (2008-2010)
  • Josef Stalder (1919-1991), Swiss gold three-time silver and bronze medalist gymnast, Swiss Sportspersonality of the year (1952)
  • Florian Stalder (b. 1982), Swiss former racing cyclist




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