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During the Middle Ages, the surname of Seltzer was used in Germany. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Germany, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Seltzer family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Seltzer was an occupational name for a person who sold or extracted salt. A variety of similar German surnames are derived from the Old German word "salt," meaning "salt."

Seltzer Early Origins



The surname Seltzer was first found in the ancient province of Thuringia, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Seltzer Spelling Variations


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Seltzer Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Selzer, Seltzer, Saelzer, Saeltzer, Saltzer and others.

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Seltzer Early History


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Seltzer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seltzer research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1716 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Seltzer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seltzer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seltzer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Seltzer at this time were Johann Edmund Selzer von Herbissheim, who was a lieutenant general in the Austrian army and was knighted in 1716 for his outstanding...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seltzer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Seltzer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Seltzer, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1729
  • Nicklaus Seltzer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Weirich Seltzer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johannes Seltzer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johann Martin Seltzer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Seltzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Seltzer came to Philadelphia in 1816
  • John Seltzer, who arrived in Maryland in 1849
  • Isaac Seltzer, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seltzer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seltzer (post 1700)



  • Drew Seltzer (b. 1981), American multiple award winning actor, known for The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009), Trevor's in Heaven (2006) and Leaving Circadia (2014)
  • Eric Seltzer, American actor, known for The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Redirecting Eddie (2008) and Cavalcade (2001)
  • David Seltzer (b. 1940), American Writers Guild of America Award and two-time Humanitas Award winning winning screenwriter, known for The Omen (1976), The Omen (2006) and My Giant (1998)
  • Leon Zee Seltzer (b. 1914), American aeronautical engineer, head of the Aeronautical Engineering Department at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1941-1949)
  • Walter Seltzer (1914-2011), American film producer, knownfor his work on Soylent Green (1973), The Omega Man (1971) and One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
  • Leo Seltzer (1903-1978), American creator of the sport Roller Derby
  • Aaron Seltzer (b. 1974), Canadian writer and producer, known for his work on Scary Movie (2000), Disaster Movie (2008) and Meet the Spartans (2008)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    4. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    7. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    8. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    10. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    11. ...

    The Seltzer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seltzer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 June 2015 at 08:54.

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