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Where did the German Zabel family come from? When did the Zabel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Zabel family history?The distinguished German surname Zabel is derived from the Middle High German word "zabel," meaning "board game." The name may have been bestowed as a nickname on the original bearer, who was most likely someone particularly fond of games. Alternatively, Zabel may be a variant of the surname Zobel, a name derived from the Slavic "sobel," meaning "sable fur." In this instance, the name would have been initially borne by a fur trader.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Zabel, Zobel, Tzabels, Tzabel, Zabels, Zobels and many more.
First found in the Rhineland, where it first emerged. The earliest known bearer of the name was Thid. Zabel, who lived in Cologne in 1187. The young Zabel family was instrumental during this early period, playing an important role in the development of the society of the Rhineland.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zabel research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1325, 1358, 1382, and 1441 are included under the topic Early Zabel History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zabel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Zabel Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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