Muller/Mueller Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective; by Frederick George Siler; 2016; 167 pp; 8.5x11; paperback; ISBN: 978-1-62859-130-9; Item #: FR0700.
This volume deals with the Germanic heraldry of families whose name was one of the most common in Germany - that of Müller. In English, we'd write that Miller, Muller, or Mueller. Many surnames are occupational - with Müller being a prime example. A Müller was one who ground grain. "The origin of the name comes from Mühle meaning mill. The mill, whether powered by water, by wind, or occasionally animals, was an important center in every medieval settlement."
"Because the Müller surname has become widespread, not only in German-speaking lands, but throughout central and eastern Europe, many different spellings have arisen over the centuries. In English and other European languages, including Yiddish and Dutch, the name is also spelled Mueller, Muller, Mueler, Muler, Miller, Moeller, Muellner, Milner, Molner, Moehle, Muehle, Muehler, Mullner, Mulder, Moller, Millner, Molnar, and much more."
German heraldry is unlike British heraldry where a coat-of-arms is associated with one person. Siler's book includes arms that originated as house marks, guild marks, and burgher arms that have been used by families for centuries. Also included are noble armorial bearings that have been granted to the children of an individual and have been passed down through descendants.
It should be noted that the volume is heavily footnoted, allowing the researcher to locate and examine the original source materials from which the author drew his information. An amazing place index is found at the rear of the book, allowing genealogists to often associate a specific place with Muller/Mueller families. It is the author's belief that there is often a coat of arms that may be associated with one's European ancestor. It may not be that of a direct ancestor or that of one's ancestral family, but it could well be linked, if only by the proximity of geographical location.
This one-of-a-kind book is the first in a series exploring the heraldry and genealogy of common German surnames with a focus on the English-speaking family historian who seeks another fresh approach to their research. This is not another book about how to trace your German ancestors or a reprint of readily available information from old sources. Most family historians will concede that the research process begins to become more tedious when we attempt to deal with European historical locations and records written in a foreign language. Armed with this book, you will start to overcome barriers of language and shifting state boundaries. Learn how the following components can enhance the story of your Muller ancestors. Included in this particular volume are:
Over 2,200 historical and modern geographical locales of the Holy Roman, German and Austrian Empires, as well as Switzerland;
Supplementary material for major current and past political states and regions; with links to a catalog of genealogical records by FamilySearch;
Colorful illustrations of 35 coats-of-arms along with genealogical and geographical information on 94 Muller families.
The following is from the Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 - Synthesizing Heraldry and Genealogy for a Practical Research Tool
What is Heraldry?
Common aspects of Genealogy
Heraldry and the family historian
Geography as a fundamental tool for integrating heraldry and genealogy
Associating a coat-of-arms with your ancestor
CHAPTER 2 - A Brief Introduction to German Heraldry
Historical Background of Germanic Heraldry
Components of the Germanic Coat-of-Arms
Modern German Heraldry
CHAPTER 3 - Heraldic Symbolism
Introduction to heraldic symbolism
Symbolism of the colors, furs, lines, divisions, and ordinaries
Symbolism of the common charges
CHAPTER 4 - An Introduction to the Müller Surname
Origins and meanings of the name
Variations of the Muller surname
Location and distribution of the surname
Some historical documentations of Müller
CHAPTER 5 - A Survey of Müller Armorial Bearings: Defining the Elements
Introduction to the geographical territory
Bearer(s) of the coat-of-arms
Particular geographical locale(s) associated with the bearer(s)
Description of the coat-of-arms
Interpreting the coat-of-arms
Other Muller arms bearers of this geographical territory
Additional geographical and genealogical resources
CHAPTER 6 - Müller Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective
CHAPTER 7 - Interpreting the Heraldry of Müller
Charges associated with the meaning of the surname
Coats-of-arms that display symbols of the bearer’s religious faith
Armorial achievements that illustrate a military theme
Arms that address a significant accomplishment of the bearer
Charges that identify an occupation of the bearer or his ancestors
Symbols of honorable characteristics
Discerning marital union or inheritance
Curious and uncommon charges
APPENDIX A - Glossary of Heraldic Symbolism
APPENDIX B - Online Genealogy Research by Location
APPENDIX C - Gallery of Müller Coats-of-Arms
INDEX - Historical and Modern Geographical Locales
Review posted September 13, 2018 by purchaser of book:
This is a wonderful addition to my collection of genealogy resources. Well-written; in-depth information on heraldry; includes colored photos of a variety of Müller coat of arms by location with detailed information about each coat of arms. My ancestors surname is Miller/Moeller/Möller/Müller, so I am fortunate to have this resource available to me.