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Where did the German Zeiger family come from? What is the German Zeiger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Zeiger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Zeiger family history?The ancestral home of the Zeiger family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Zeiger is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a brick maker. The name Zeiger is derived from the German word "ziegelbrenner," which means "brick maker." Although this name is quite common in Germany, it is most frequently found in the south and south-west of Germany, which are regions that were occupied by the Romans and had a strong house building industry.
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Zeiger include Ziegler, Zieglauer, Zigler, Zeigler and many more.
First found in Bavaria, where they were established in the Middle Ages. They became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in the Bavarian cities of Noerdlingen, Nuremburg, and Munich, elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Chronicles first mention Ulreich der Zigler of the city Eger on the border between Bohemia and Bavaria around the year 1340.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zeiger research. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) covering the year 1843 is included under the topic Early Zeiger History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 40 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zeiger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Zeiger surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Zeiger Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Zeiger Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Zeiger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zeiger 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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