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During the Middle Ages, the surname of Seltzer was used in Germany. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Germany, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Seltzer family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Seltzer was an occupational name for a person who sold or extracted salt. A variety of similar German surnames are derived from the Old German word "salt," meaning "salt."
Early Origins of the Seltzer family
The surname Seltzer was first found in the ancient province of Thuringia, 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, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Important Dates for the Seltzer family
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Seltzer Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Selzer, Seltzer, Saelzer, Saeltzer, Saltzer and others.
Early Notables of the Seltzer family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Seltzer at this time were Johann Edmund Selzer von Herbissheim, who was a lieutenant general in the Austrian army and was knighted in 1716 for his outstanding...
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Seltzer migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Seltzer Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Seltzer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jacob Seltzer, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1729
- Nicklaus Seltzer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 
- Weirich Seltzer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 
- Johannes Seltzer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 
- Johann Martin Seltzer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 
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Seltzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Benjamin Seltzer, who settled in Philadelphia in 1816
- John Seltzer, who arrived in Maryland in 1849 
- Isaac Seltzer, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 
Contemporary Notables of the name Seltzer (post 1700)
- Jerry Seltzer (1932-2019), American second and final owner of the original Roller Derby league
- Drew Seltzer (b. 1981), American multiple award winning actor, known for The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009), Trevor's in Heaven (2006) and Leaving Circadia (2014)
- Eric Seltzer, American actor, known for The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Redirecting Eddie (2008) and Cavalcade (2001)
- David Seltzer (b. 1940), American Writers Guild of America Award and two-time Humanitas Award winning winning screenwriter, known for The Omen (1976), The Omen (2006) and My Giant (1998)
- Leon Zee Seltzer (b. 1914), American aeronautical engineer, head of the Aeronautical Engineering Department at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1941-1949)
- Walter Seltzer (1914-2011), American film producer, knownfor his work on Soylent Green (1973), The Omega Man (1971) and One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
- Leo Seltzer (1903-1978), American creator of the sport Roller Derby
- Aaron Seltzer (b. 1974), Canadian writer and producer, known for his work on Scary Movie (2000), Disaster Movie (2008) and Meet the Spartans (2008)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)