Hi Bill, relation perhaps?
My name is Mark Steven Buechele. I just ran across this site. Actually, this is the first time I ever checked my (our) name on the net. I see that your message was written last September so I am sure you have had responses by now. As I stated, this is my first ever search. I have no idea why this never occurred to me. As I assume it is for you, I don't run across too many of us. For me, I was born and raised in northwestern Ohio, Toledo and its suburb of Maumee, to be exact. We are the only family in that area. My biggest concern regarding tracing my history has always been the uncertainty of the spelling because of immigration into this country and the reliability of old records. I apparently have relatives in Michigan - my family was contacted about 15 years ago by Buecheles in that state and I believe a connection was traced. They traced roots in that part of the US back to the mid-19th century and, offhand, I don't recall much else.
My family has always pronounced it as do you, which I always thought odd because, to the best of my knowledge, no language which uses this alphabet has a situation where the U-E combination is pronounced as a long E. When I was in Germany and Austria, it was pronounced, I recall, BUE (rhyming with ZOO or SHOE) CHE (like the first syllable of KAPUT) LE (like the masculine article "le" in French or rhyming with the first syllable of KAPUT). However, a few people I have run across over the years who speak German have tried to explain subtle pronunciation differences that, to my untrained ear, I cannot really discern. But the above is approximately how it sounded to me. Most people have always pronounced it, upon first seeing my name, BUE (rhyming with ZOO or SHOE) CHELE (like SHELL) or BUE (like B-Y-O-O) CHELE (again, SHELL). As a child, my father always said had we moved away from the Toledo area and started fresh somewhere else, he would have pronounced it one of those two ways. I now live in New York City and pronounce it B-O-O-S-H-E-L-L.
If you ever have time, I would very much like to hear about your roots and history.
Happy New Year to You and Yours (Ours?)