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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Zeleznik, Zelenski, Zelenka, Zelenys, Zelewski, Zelislawski, Zeleznicki, Zeleznicky, Zelinski, Zelslawski, Zelznik, Czelsnik, Celznik, Selznik and many more.

First found in West Prussia and Pomerelia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families in the western region. From the 13th century onwards the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zelenys research. Another 160 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1673 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Zelenys History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Zelenys 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: Barbara Zelinka, who came to New Orleans in 1852; Andreas Zelenka, who arrived in Baltimore in 1876; Antonio Zelenka, who came to Baltimore in 1878; Martin Zelewski, who settled in Baltimore in 1881.

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  1. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  2. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  3. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  4. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  8. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Zelenys Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zelenys 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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