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

There are a few possible derivations for the Zeissler surname. In some instances, it may have evolved from the Middle High German word "zeisen" meaning "to pick," in which case it may have been an occupational name, or perhaps used figuratively as a nickname which later became a surname. Or, Zeissler may come from the Middle High German word "zeiz" meaning "graceful, tender or gentle."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Zeiss, Zeisse, Zeis, Zaiss, Zaisse, Zais, Zaissle, Zeissle, Zeissler, Zeissolf, Zeizolf, Zaiser, Zaisz, Zaisser, Zeiz and many more.

First found in Wuerttemberg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Chronicles first mention Konrad Zeisolf of Mannheim in 1307, Ebelin Zeizolf of the ancient imperial city of Worms in 1234, and there is a town in Wuerttemberg called Zeizolfswiler.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zeissler research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1818, 1846, and 1888 are included under the topic Early Zeissler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 24 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zeissler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Christian Zeise, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753; Lorentz Zeisler arrived with his wife and three children in America in 1709; George Zeiss came to Philadelphia in 1852.

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The Zeissler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zeissler 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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