The roots of the distinguished surname Dotzlier lie in the former dutchy of Swabia. The name is of two possible origins; firstly, it may be derived from a High German word meaning "small, feeble person." In this case, the name would have initially been bestowed on the progenitor as a nickname
. Alternatively, the name may be derived from "Dotzlar," the name of a town in Siegen; in this instance, the original bearer of the name would have been a native of this town.
Early Origins of the Dotzlier family
The surname Dotzlier was first found in Swabia, where it is thought to have originated. During the Middle Ages, it was common for a new resident of a city to be referred to by the name of his hometown; thus, it is likely that one of the original bearers was a native of the town of Dotzlar who had moved to Swabia. The earliest known bearer of the name was Tötzlin, who lived in this region in 1337. The young Dotzlier family played an important role in the history of the region, and was instrumental in the development of medieval Swabian society.
Early History of the Dotzlier family
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Dotzlier Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Dotzler, Dotz, Totz, Tötz, Tötzlin, Dotzlar and many more.
Early Notables of the Dotzlier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dotzlier family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johan Georg Dotz, who settled in Philadelphia in 1753; John Dotzler, who immigrated to New Jersey in 1846; Jacques Dotzler, who emigrated from Alsace to New York in 1849.