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Where did the German Zastrow family come from? What is the German Zastrow family crest and coat of arms? When did the Zastrow family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Zastrow family history?

The roots of the distinguished surname Zastrow lie on the Baltic coast of Pomerania. The name is derived from "Zastrow," the name of a city in Pomerania, and was most likely originally borne by a resident of the city.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Zastrow, Zasterow, von Zastrow and others.

First found in Pomerania, where it is believed to have emerged. During the Middle Ages, it was common practice for a new resident of a town to be identified by the name of his native city; thus, Zastrow may have been initially borne as a surname by someone who had migrated from Zastrow to another city. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Conradus de Zasterow, who lived in Greifswald in 1270.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zastrow research. Another 172 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1594 and 1636 are included under the topic Early Zastrow History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 32 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zastrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Martin Friedrich Zastrow and his wife Dorothea

Zastrow Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Gottlieb Friedrich Zastrow, aged 48, landed in America in 1845-1846
  • Martin Friedrich Zastrow, aged 42, landed in America in 1845
  • Wilhelmine Zastrow, aged 36, arrived in America in 1845
  • Karl Friedrich Zastrow, aged 37, arrived in America in 1846
  • Julius Frenand Zastrow, who was naturalized in South Dakota in 1849


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  • Charles Harold Zastrow (b. 1942), American social scientist, Professor of Social Work at the George Williams College of the Aurora University
  • Charlotte Zastrow (1877-1946), well-known German writer
  • Mitja Kolia Zastrow (b. 1977), German-born Dutch swimmer and Olympic medalist
  • Alexander Friedrich Adolf Heinrich von Zastrow (1801-1875), Prussian general in the Austro-Prussian War and the Franco-German War, son of Alexander Heinrich Gebhard von Zastrow
  • Holger Zastrow (b. 1969), German politician of the liberal Free Democratic Party of Germany
  • Colonel Alexander Heinrich Gebhard von Zastrow (1768-1815), Prussian officer during the Napoleonic Wars


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The Zastrow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zastrow Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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