Stettler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Stettler surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Stettler is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Stettler was given to someone who lived in Nuremburg, where the family acquired vast feudal estates and lived in an elegant manor.

Early Origins of the Stettler family

The surname Stettler was first found in Nuremburg, where the name Stettner was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Stettler family

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Stettler Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Stettler include Stettner, Stetner, Stettnen, Stettiner, Stettnel, Stettnle, Stettler, Stettina, Stetter, Stettnere, Stetter and many more.

Early Notables of the Stettler family (pre 1700)

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United States Stettler migration to the United States +

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Stettler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Stettler, who sailed to America in 1732
  • Hans Stettler, who landed in America in 1732 [1]
  • Henry Stettler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • Henry Stettler, who settled in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Valentin Stettler, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1764
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Contemporary Notables of the name Stettler (post 1700) +

  • Wallace Frederick Stettler (b. 1921), American educational administrator
  • George Stettler, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Cathedral City, California, 2004 [2]
  • Kurt Stettler (1932-2020), Swiss football goalkeeper who played for Switzerland in the 1962 FIFA World Cup

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook