The roots of the distinguished German surname Serbe can be traced back to the region of
. The name is derived from the place name "Zerben," a town near the city of Magdeburg, and would most likely have been initially borne by a resident of this area. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Germanic "serbe," a term which refers to the Slav-speaking minority in Eastern Germany.
The surname Serbe was first found in Zerben, where the name most likely originated. A surname deriving from a place of origin is often bestowed on someone who has moved from their native town; thus, it is probable that the initial bearer of the surname Serbe was a native of Zerben who had taken up residence in another town.
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of this family name include: Zerbe, Zerben, Serbe, Serben, Syrbe, Syrben and others.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacob Zerben and his wife Maria Catharine, who emigrated from the Palatinate to New York with their four children in 1709; Lorentz Zerbe, who settled in New York in 1710.