Sulzer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

During the Middle Ages, the surname of Sulzer 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 Sulzer 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 Sulzer 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."

Early Origins of the Sulzer family

The surname Sulzer 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.

Early History of the Sulzer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sulzer research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1716 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Sulzer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sulzer Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Sulzer family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Sulzer 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 Sulzer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sulzer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sulzer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Sulzer, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1759 [1]
Sulzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Conrad Sulzer, who landed in New York in 1833 [1]
  • Johann Conrad Sulzer, who arrived in Ohio in 1885 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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