is the ancestral home of the Metzle family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames
in the 12th century. Metzle is an occupational
name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a butcher. The surname Metzle is derived from the German word metzger, which means butcher.
Early Origins of the Metzle family
The surname Metzle was first found in Bavaria
, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. Chronicles first mention Burch vor der Mezzje of Zuerich in 1258, and Conrad hinter der Mezzje of Constance in 1259. The literal translation of the name into English would be "butcher" or "meat market." In their later history the family became a power unto themselves, and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.
Early History of the Metzle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Metzle research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1740, 1623, 1687, 1635, 1683, 1632, 1701, 1637, 1702 and 1775 are included under the topic Early Metzle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Metzle Spelling Variations
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 Metzle include Metzger, Mezger, Metzeler, Metzler, Mezler and others.
Early Notables of the Metzle family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Metzle in this period include Georg Balthasar Metzger (1623-1687), a German physician and scientist, one of the four founding members of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Schweinfurt; Joseph Mezger (1635-1683), an Austrian
Benedictine of St. Peter's Archabbey, Salzburg; Francis Mezger (1632-1701)... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Metzle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Metzle family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Philip Metzger and Johan Metzger, both of whom emigrated with their wives and children to England
and/or America in 1709. Scores of family members arrived later in Philadelphia throughout the 1730s and 1740s. Many Metzgers came to Texas in 1846.