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Where did the German Zoellner family come from? What is the German Zoellner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Zoellner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Zoellner family history?The Zoellner family originated in Bavaria, Germany. As hereditary surnames were adopted in that area beginning in the 12th century, people were often identified by the kind of work they did. Zoellner is an occupational name for a toll-taker or tax gatherer. The Zoellner family became landed aristocrats and they resided in an elegant feudal manor on a vast estate in Bavaria.
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 Zoellner include Zoller, Zoll, Zoeller, Zollner, Zolner, Zoll, Zoellner and many more.
First found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their support in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses in Austria and Switzerland, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their quest for power. Chronicles first mention Eberhard Zollner of the town Eger on the border between Bavaria and Bohemia. Chronicles also mention Hartman der Zoller of Emmerdingen in 1392, and Johann Vryenstat der Czoellner of Liegnitz, Silesia in 1388.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zoellner research. Another 206 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1671, 1793, 1822, 1834, 1868, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Zoellner History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zoellner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Zoellners to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Zoellner Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Zoellner Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Zoellner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zoellner 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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