Wiehler (Wieler, Willer) family

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Wiehler is a Mennonite family name originally found in Danzig and Prussia. It appeared in 1601 in Orlofferfeld, and in 1718 in Elbing, Tiegenhagen, Ladekopp, Rosenort, Heubuden, Königsberg, and Danzig. Before World War II there were 120 representatives of the name in West Prussia. The name spread from Prussia to Russia and then to North and South America.

Johann Wieler and Gerhard Wieler were among the founders of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Russia. Johann J. Wieler was a teacher of the Halbstadt Zentralschule. Johann J. Wieler of Winnipeg was a special representative of the Canadian National Railways' Department of Colonization and Agriculture and helped settle many Mennonite and non-Mennonite immigrants after both world wars.


Crous, Franz. "Mennonitische Familien in Zahlen." Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter (1940): 41.

Reimer, Gustav E. Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof, 1940: 120.

Schroeder, H. H. Russlanddeutsche Friesen. Döllstadt-Langensaiza, 1936: 99.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1959

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Wiehler (Wieler, Willer) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 22 Sep 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wiehler_(Wieler,_Willer)_family&oldid=136101.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1959). Wiehler (Wieler, Willer) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 September 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wiehler_(Wieler,_Willer)_family&oldid=136101.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 947. All rights reserved.

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