Wexler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Wexler can be traced back to the state of Bavaria. The name is derived from the Low German word "Wesseler," meaning "money changer." It was likely bestowed as an occupational name upon the original bearer, who passed it down to his descendants as a surname.

Early Origins of the Wexler family

The surname Wexler was first found in the town of Eger, where the earliest records of the name have been found. The first recorded bearer of the name was Hans der Wechsler, who lived there in 1384. The young Wexler family was instrumental during this early period, playing an important role in the development of the society of the region.

Early History of the Wexler family

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Wexler Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wexler, Wechsler, Wesseler and others.

Early Notables of the Wexler family (pre 1700)

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Wexler Ranking

In the United States, the name Wexler is the 7,504th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Wexler migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wexler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Matthias Wexler, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Matthias Wexler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
Wexler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ursula Wexler, who emigrated from Alsace to Texas in 1844
  • Maurice Wexler, who was naturalized in Mississippi in 1870
  • Maurice Wexler, who arrived in Mississippi in 1870 [2]
Wexler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sam Wexler, who landed in Arkansas in 1903 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wexler (post 1700) +

  • Leonard D. Wexler (1924-2018), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (1994-2018)
  • Haskell Wexler (1925-2015), American two-time Academy Award winning director of such films as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", "Bound for Glory" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
  • Paul Wexler (1929-1979), American character actor
  • Jerry Wexler (1917-2008), American music writer and producer
  • Harry Wexler (1911-1962), American meteorologist
  • Glen Wexler (b. 1955), American photographer
  • Eleonora Wexler (b. 1974), ACE Awarded Argentine actress
  • Bernardo Wexler (1925-1992), Argentine chess master

Triangle Waist Company
  • Mr. Joseph Wexler (b. 1866), American worker who was at Triangle Waist Company factory at the Asch building in Greenwich Village on the 25th March 1911 when fire broke out; he survived the fire [3]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (retrieved on 3rd August 2021.) Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle_Shirtwaist_Factory_fire


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