Beeler last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Beeler is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Beeler.

Meaning of Beeler

An occupational surname derived from the German word "bihler," meaning a person who lived near a stream or brook.

Beeler, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Beeler surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Beeler in America

Beeler is the 4489th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Beeler surname appeared 7,902 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Beeler.

We can also compare 2010 data for Beeler to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4489 4183 7.06%
Count 7,902 7,856 0.58%
Proportion per 100k 2.68 2.91 -8.23%

The history of the last name Beeler

The surname Beeler is of German origin, derived from the Middle High German word "bel" or "bele," meaning "bell" or "bell-ringer." It is believed to have emerged in the 13th or 14th century as an occupational surname for those who were responsible for ringing church bells or working as bell-makers.

During the Middle Ages, the name Beeler appeared in various forms, such as Beler, Beler, and Belere, in regions of present-day Germany and Switzerland. One of the earliest recorded instances of the name can be found in the Bern Shillings Book, a tax record from the 14th century, which mentions a "Henni Beler" from the city of Bern.

In the 16th century, the name Beeler began to spread across Europe, with records indicating individuals bearing the name in regions such as Alsace, France, and the Netherlands. One notable bearer of the name during this period was Johann Beeler (1531-1598), a German theologian and author who wrote several works on religious subjects.

The 17th and 18th centuries saw the further proliferation of the Beeler surname, with many families settling in various parts of Germany, Switzerland, and neighboring regions. One prominent figure from this era was Johann Jakob Beeler (1639-1712), a Swiss politician and mayor of the city of Zürich.

As the name spread, it also took on various spellings and variations, such as Beeler, Beler, Bähler, and Behler, reflecting regional linguistic differences. In the 19th century, many Beelers emigrated from Europe to other parts of the world, including North America, where the name became well-established.

Among the notable individuals with the surname Beeler throughout history are:

  1. Johann Beeler (1531-1598), German theologian and author
  2. Johann Jakob Beeler (1639-1712), Swiss politician and mayor of Zürich
  3. Johann Georg Beeler (1730-1801), German artist and engraver
  4. Henry Beeler (1797-1876), American businessman and politician from Pennsylvania
  5. William Beeler (1841-1916), American soldier and recipient of the Medal of Honor during the American Civil War.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Beeler

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Beeler.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Beeler was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 91.88% 7,260
Non-Hispanic Black Only 3.66% 289
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.38% 30
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.68% 54
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.73% 137
Hispanic Origin 1.67% 132

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Beeler has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 91.88% 93.42% -1.66%
Black 3.66% 3.44% 6.20%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.38% 0.20% 62.07%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.68% 0.75% -9.79%
Two or More Races 1.73% 1.30% 28.38%
Hispanic 1.67% 0.89% 60.94%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Beeler was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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