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

Prussia, Germany is the ancestral home of the Zimmer family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Zimmer is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a in Prussia.

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Zimmer include Zimmer, Zimmerle, Zimmerer, Zimmermann, Zimmerman, Zimerman, Timmer (northern Germany), Timmermann, Timmerman and many more.

First found in Prussia, 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 in Germany and abroad, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Chronicles first mention the knight Hans von Zimmern, who signed his name Hans Zimmerlin, of Wuerttemberg around 1414.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zimmer research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1672, 1730, 1778, 1644, 1693, 1685 and 1766 are included under the topic Early Zimmer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zimmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Zimmer were

Zimmer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Jacob Zimmer arrived in Philadelphia in 1733
  • Johan Jacob Zimmer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Wilhelm Zimmer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Philip Zimmer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Matthais Zimmer, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1749


Zimmer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • M Zimmer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Georg Ametius Zimmer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • M A Zimmer, who landed in America in 1833
  • Jacob Zimmer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1833
  • Phillipp, III Zimmer, who landed in North America in 1836


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  • John Todd Zimmer (1889-1957), leading American ornithologist
  • Robert Jeffrey Zimmer (b. 1947), American mathematician and academic administrator
  • Charles Louis Zimmer (1860-1949), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Kim Zimmer (b. 1955), American actress
  • Donald William "Don" Zimmer (1931-2014), American Major League Baseball infielder, manager, and coach, NL Manager of the Year (1989), six-times World Series champion (1955, 1959, 1996, 1998-2000)
  • Sabine Zimmer (b. 1981), German race walker
  • Hans Florian Zimmer (b. 1957), German film composer and music producer
  • Karl Günter Zimmer (1911-1988), German physicist and radiation biologist
  • Heinrich Friedrich Zimmer (1851-1910), German Celticist and Indologist
  • Michael Zimmer (b. 1955), former professional German footballer

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