The surname Boehles was also spelled Böhles, Boehler, Buehler, Buhler, Biehler, and Biller. The family was Roman Catholic.

The family originated in Tyrol and then emigrated to northern France before 1660. After the Thirty Years War, great parts of the Alsace and the Palatinate were destroyed. The elector in the Palatinate resettled people from Tyrol and Switzerland into the region, promising them 10 years without any taxes and religious liberty. Religious liberty has always been a hallmark of the Palatinate.

King Louis XIV's brother, Philippe of Orleans, married Elisabeth Charlotte of the Rhine (daughter of Karl Ludwig, Elector Palatine), and Louis claimed that she was entitled to land or compensation. In German minds, this raised the threat of further French expansion into the Rhineland. And they were right: Louis decided that the Palatinate must become French. His generals destroyed the Alsace and the Palatinate again, after the Thirty Years War. When the war was over, Louis called builders and architects into the region to build up the destroyed towns and villages. The result is that there are still many French names in the German Palatinate even to this day.

Saalfelden is the city where the Boehles family originated. It is in the Austrian state of Salzburg and is the administrative center of the Pinzgauer Saalachtal. This is the second of my families from northern France who came from Tyrol, the other being the Schiessling family.