Zumwalt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Zumwalt family. The Zumwalt surname evolved as a local name for a family that lived in or near the woods.

Early Origins of the Zumwalt family

The surname Zumwalt was first found in the Franconian-Bavarian border, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Indeed, this family is known to be one of the oldest noble families in all of Germany, as well as one of the largest landowners. They originate from their ancestral castle named Waldau which lies in northern Bavaria on the border to Franconia. Because of this proximity to Franconia, family members were listed in both Bavarian and Franconian chronicles of chivalry. Besides the castle Waldau, the family owned the castles Pleystein (Bleistein) and Waldthurn in Bavaria. In the 10th century the family extended into the Lausitz (Lusatia) after the Serbs of this region were conquered by Kaiser Heinrich I. They built the castle Waldau in the Upper-Lausitz three miles from Goerlitz. Without a doubt, the most famous of the family in early times was Peter Waldo, Valdo, Valdes, or Waldes (c. 1140 - c. 1205), the founder of the Waldensians, an early Christian spiritual movement of the Middle Ages.

Important Dates for the Zumwalt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zumwalt research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1413, 1735, 1742, 1700, 1754, 1714 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Zumwalt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Zumwalt Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Zumwalt include Waldau, Waldauer, Waldov, Waldauw, Waldowe, Waldow, Waldo (English), Waldaw, Walde, Zumwalt, Zumwald, Zumwalde and many more.

Early Notables of the Zumwalt family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Zumwalt in this period include Johann von Waldau, who was the bishop of Alt-Brandenburg in 1413. Sigismund Rudolph von Waldau, the Lord of Gottberg and Haselbusch, died in 1735 as a Prussian major general and chief of the regiment "von Waldau", while Arnold von Waldau died in 1742 as Governor of Breslau. Among the many members of this family who served as commanders...
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zumwalt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Zumwalt migration to the United States

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 Zumwalt or a variant listed above:

Zumwalt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Zumwalt, who settled in Texas in 1836

Contemporary Notables of the name Zumwalt (post 1700)

  • Maurice R. Zumwalt (b. 1903), American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, 1965 [1]
  • Louise A. Zumwalt (1870-1946), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1920 [1]
  • I. G. Zumwalt, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1908 [1]
  • Elmo Russell Zumwalt Jr. (1920-2000), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1976 [1]
  • Dorothy Zumwalt, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Oklahoma, 1992 [1]
  • Claudia Zumwalt, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1948 [1]
  • Richard Lee Zumwalt Jr. (1951-2003), American professional world champion arm-wrestler and actor
  • James P. Zumwalt, American diplomat, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs
  • Admiral Elmo Russell Zumwalt Jr. (1920-2000), American naval officer, author and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, eponym of the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000)

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Citations

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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