This unusual surname is of early medieval German origin, and is a diminutive of an occupational name. The name is derived from the French "d'escelle", meaning a "maker of ladders", or it may be derived from the Old German "desch", translating as one who manufactured purses, pouches or handbags. Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary. The modern spelling means, "the son of Desch" or possibly "little Desch". The name variant was recorded heraldically as Deschler of Nuremburg, circa 1680, the Coat of Arms being a crowned lion, passant with a human head on a red field. The name may be of Huguenot origination in England, the name being well recorded from the late 18th Century. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Deschlein, which was dated 1777, marriage to Margaret Jenkins, at St. Clement Danes, London, during the reign of King George 111, known as "Farmer George" 1760 - 1820. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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