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Adler is a surname of German origin meaning eagle, and has a frequency in the United Kingdom of less than 0.004%, and of 0.008% in the United States.[1] In Christian iconography, the eagle is the symbol of John the Evangelist, and as such a stylized eagle was commonly used as a house sign/totem in German speaking areas. From the tenement the term easily moved to its inhabitants, particularly to those having only one name. This phenomenon can be easily seen in German and Austrian censuses from the 16th and 17th centuries.[2] The term might have been assigned also as a name descriptive of character or outward characteristics.

Die Adler (the eagles) also is a nickname for the Germany national football team.

Notable Adlers[edit]

Actors, writers and producers[edit]

  • Allen Adler, American writer
  • Bruce Adler (1944–2008), American actor
  • Celia Adler (1891–1979), American Jewish actress
  • Charles Adler (broadcaster) (born 1954), Canadian broadcaster
  • Charlie Adler (born 1956), American voice actor
  • Cyrus Adler (1863–1940), U.S. educator
  • David A. Adler (born 1947), Writer of children's books
  • Friedrich Adler (writer) (1857–1938), Czech-Austrian politician
  • H. G. Adler (1910–1988), German Jewish poet and novelist.
  • Jacob Pavlovitch Adler (1855–1926), born Yankev P. Adler, Ukrainian-born Jewish actor and a star in Yiddish theater
  • Jay Adler (1896–1978), American actor in theater, television, and film
  • Jerry Adler (born 1929), American theatre director, production supervisor and television and film actor
  • Julius Ochs Adler (1892–1955), U.S. publisher, journalist, and United States Army General
  • Lou Adler (born 1933), American record producer, manager, and director
  • Luther Adler (1903–1984), American actor and director on Broadway
  • Margot Adler, (1946-2014), author, journalist, Wiccan Priestess and Elder, NPR correspondent in New York City
  • Maurice Adler (1909–1960), American film producer and 20th Century Fox production head
  • Max Adler (actor) (born 1986), American actor
  • Mortimer Jerome Adler (1902–2001), American Aristotelian philosopher, author, and educator
  • Renata Adler (born 1938), American journalist and writer
  • Sara Adler (1858–1953), Ukrainian Jewish actress in Yiddish theater
  • Sonya Adler or Sonya Oberlander (died 1886), one of the first women to perform in Yiddish theater in Imperial Russia
  • Stella Adler (1901–1992), Jewish-American actress and acting teacher

Engineers and scientists[edit]


  • Chris Adler (drummer) (born 1972), drummer of the metal band "Lamb of God"
  • Cisco Adler, the artist featured in all songs of the artist Shwayze
  • Guido Adler (1855–1941), Bohemian-Austrian musicologist and writer on music
  • Hans G. Adler (1904-1979), South African pianist, musicologist, and antique keyboard instrument collector
  • Henry Adler, American drum kit educator, player and actor
  • Hugo Chaim Adler (1896–1955), Belgian composer, cantor, and choir conductor
  • James Adler (born 1950), Composer and pianist from Chicago, Illinois
  • Julia Rebekka Adler (1978-), German violist.
  • Larry Adler (1914–2001), American musician, widely acknowledged as one of the world's most skilled harmonica players
  • Richard Adler (1921–2012), Jewish-American lyricist, composer and producer of several Broadway shows
  • Samuel Adler (born 1928), Jewish-American composer and conductor
  • Steven Adler (born 1965), a drummer for the hard rock band Guns N' Roses
  • Vincent Adler, Hungarian pianist, composer
  • Willie Adler (born 1976), guitarist of the metal band Lamb of God



Rabbis and theologians[edit]



Fictional characters[edit]


  1. ^ "Adler Distribution".  Retrieved 25 January 2014
  2. ^ "Adler Surname Meaning and Distribution".  Retrieved 25 January 2014