During the Middle Ages, the surname of Szeltner 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
surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Szeltner 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 Szeltner 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 Szeltner family
The surname Szeltner 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 Szeltner family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Szeltner research.Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1716 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Szeltner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Szeltner Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Selzer, Seltzer, Saelzer, Saeltzer, Saltzer and others.
Early Notables of the Szeltner family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Szeltner 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 Szeltner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Szeltner family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacob Seltzer, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1729. Among the many other family members to follow this first settler were: Jacob Saltzer, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1754.
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