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The German surname Panzer was derived from the Middle High German word "panzier," which means "mail-coat;" as such, it was likely an occupational name for an armorer.

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The surname Panzer was first found in Westphalia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families in the western region. From the 13th century onwards the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Panser, Panse, Pansern, Pansen, Pansey, Panzer, Pantzer, Pantzner, Panzner, Panzen and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Panzer research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1654, 1634, 1633 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Panzer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Panzer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Panzer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Friedrich Panzer, who came to America in 1783
  • Friedrich Panzer, who arrived in America in 1783

Panzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Panzer, who settled in New York in 1838
  • Eduard Panzer, who came to New York, NY in 1853
  • John Panzer, who landed in Mississippi in 1854
  • Margarethe Panzer, aged 18, landed in New York, NY in 1854
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  • Frank E. Panzer (1890-1969), Wisconsin Republican farmer, schoolteacher, and legislator
  • Mary E. Panzer (b. 1951), Wisconsin banker and Republican politician
  • William N. "Bill" Panzer (1942-2007), American television and movie producer
  • Paul Panzer (1872-1958), German silent film actor, who appeared in over 300 films
  • Georg Wolfgang Franz Panzer (1755-1829), German botanist and entomologist
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    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    3. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    10. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
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