is the ancestral home of the Mezler family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames
in the 12th century. Mezler 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 Mezler is derived from the German word metzger, which means butcher.
Early Origins of the Mezler family
The surname Mezler 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 Mezler family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mezler 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 Mezler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mezler 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 Mezler include Metzger, Mezger, Metzeler, Metzler, Mezler and others.
Early Notables of the Mezler family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Mezler 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
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Migration of the Mezler family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Mezlers to arrive in North America, and among them 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.