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Where did the German Zettl family come from? What is the German Zettl family crest and coat of arms? When did the Zettl family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Zettl family history?The ancestral home of the Zettl family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Zettl 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 person who held a position of high prestige and may have been a courier or a diplomat. The name Zettl is derived from the German word "zedel," which means "drawing up" or "dispatching." It is also possible that the original bearer of the name Zettl was involved in the judiciary, or in the drawing up of legal documents.
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Zettl include Zettel, Zettle, Zettl, Zettels, Zettler, Zedel and others.
First found in Bavaria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Chronicles first mention Merten Zettelschreiber of Altburg in 1560.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zettl research. Another 170 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1882 is included under the topic Early Zettl History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zettl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Zettl or a variant listed above: Jacob Zettel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733. Matthias Zettler came to Georgia between 1734-41; while Frederick Zettel arrived in 1856.
The Zettl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zettl 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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