The German surname Fiedler is an occupational name for a professional fiddle player, or a nickname for a skilled amateur, from the Middle High German term videlære, German Fiedler (Yiddish fidler). The instrument (Old High German fidula) is named from Late Latin vitula. The oldest recorded reference to the name is in 1258 when Heinrich Fideler was recorded in the “Wurtembergisches Urkundenbuch.” The first reference to the name in the New World was in 1727 when Hans Michael Fiedler arrived in Pennsylvania. Today there are approximately 7,000 bearers of the name Fiedler living in the United States.
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