Bavaria, Germany 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
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
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Early Notables of the Mezler family (pre 1700)
Austrian Benedictine of St. Peter's Archabbey, Salzburg; Francis Mezger (1632-1701)...
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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.
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