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Prussia, Germany is the ancestral home of the Zimmerman family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Zimmerman 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.
The surname Zimmerman was 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.
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 Zimmerman include Zimmer, Zimmerle, Zimmerer, Zimmermann, Zimmerman, Zimerman, Timmer (northern Germany), Timmermann, Timmerman and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zimmerman 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 Zimmerman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zimmerman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Zimmerman were
Zimmerman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johan Jacob Zimmerman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710-1714
- Abraham Zimmerman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1719
- Andreas Zimmerman, who arrived in Montgomery, Pennsylvania in 1727
- Michael Zimmerman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
- Nicol Zimmerman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
Zimmerman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Margaretha Zimmerman, aged 18, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
- G Godlob Zimmerman, aged 23, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
- Mari Zimmerman, aged 62, arrived in America in 1835
- Louis Zimmerman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
- David Zimmerman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
Zimmerman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Adam Zimmerman, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1901
- Carolina Zimmerman, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
- Alfred Zimmerman, who landed in Arkansas in 1904
- Frank Zimmerman, who arrived in Arkansas in 1904
- Mike Zimmerman, who arrived in Arkansas in 1904
Zimmerman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Carl Zimmerman, aged 47, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
- Louise Zimmerman, aged 52, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
- Wilhelmina Zimmerman, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
- Karl Zimmerman, aged 23, a groom, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
- August Zimmerman, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
- Thomas Cadwallader Zimmerman (1838-1914), American Pennsylvania German writer and translator
- Henry LeRoy Zimmerman Jr. (1918-1997), American NFL football player
- John Luther Zimmerman IV (b. 1973), American professional pair skater, three-time U.S. national champion
- Ryan Wallace Zimmerman (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball third baseman
- Fred R. Zimmerman (1880-1954), Wisconsin politician
- Ethel Zimmerman (1908-1984), original name of Ethel Merman, American actress and singer for musical theatre, well known for her powerful voice, often dubbed the "The Grande Dame of the Broadway stage"
- Arnold Zimmerman (b. 1954), American ceramic artist
- A A. "Zimmy" Zimmerman (1869-1936), American bicycle racer
- Robert Allen Zimmerman (b. 1941), birth name of Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter who has received numerous awards including Grammy, Golden Globe, Academy Award and in 2008 became a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation recipient
- Jeri Zimmerman (b. 1968), American actress
- Genealogical History of Our Ancestors by William Kenneth Rutherford.
- The Family of Henry Zimmerman of Pennsylvania and Ohio: A Genealogical History by Leo H. Garman.
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- Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
- Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
- Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
- Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
- Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
- Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
- Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
The Zimmerman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zimmerman 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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