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Where did the German Zeller family come from? What is the German Zeller family crest and coat of arms? When did the Zeller family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Zeller family history?The ancient roots of the Zeller family are found in the German state of Bavaria. The Zeller surname, was a local name, for someone who lived in the place named Zell. This place-name can be found in several areas in Germany, but the most well known town of this name is in the region of Freiburg, which is in the Schwarzwald, or the Black Forest, just north of the Swiss border. The place-name has appeared in several countries where the Germanic people had influence.
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 Zeller include Zeller, Zellers, Zell, Zelle, Zella, Zellmer, Zelleman, Zellaman, Zellemann, Zellner, Zelmer, Zelman, Zelkmann, Zellman, Zelner, Zellerman and many more.
First found in Bavaria, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking supremacy in constantly changing power relations. Chronicles first mention Ulrich Zeller of Esslingen in 1282 and Dietrich Czelleman of Muehlhausen in Saxony in 1393. The name originates in the Latin word "cella," which was taken into mediaeval German in the word "Klosterzelle."
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zeller research. Another 188 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1814, 1842, and 1898 are included under the topic Early Zeller History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 40 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zeller 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 Zeller surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Zeller Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Zeller Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Zeller Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Zeller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zeller 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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