The ancestral home of the Psetling family is in the German state of Bavaria
. The name Psetling is an occupational
hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a person who held a position of high prestige and may have been a courier or a diplomat. The name Psetling is derived from the German word "zedel," which means "drawing up" or "dispatching." It is also possible that the original bearer of the name Psetling was involved in the judiciary, or in the drawing up of legal documents.
Early Origins of the Psetling family
The surname Psetling was first found in Bavaria
, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the nation. Chronicles first mention Merten Zettelschreiber of Altburg in 1560.
Early History of the Psetling family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Psetling research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 188 and 1882 are included under the topic Early Psetling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Psetling Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Psetling include Zettel, Zettle, Zettl, Zettels, Zettler, Zedel and others.
Early Notables of the Psetling family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Psetling family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Psetling or a variant listed above: Jacob Zettel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733. Matthias Zettler came to Georgia between 1734-41; while Frederick Zettel arrived in 1856.