Tetzlaff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Tetzlaff lie in the region of Pomerania. The name is of two possible origins; firstly, it is derived from the Slavic personal name "Teslaw," which is itself derived from "teha," meaning "comfort," and "slawa," meaning "fame." In this case, the surname would have originally been used to mean "son of Teslaw." Alternatively, the name is derived from "Tetzlaff," the name of a township in Pomerania.

Early Origins of the Tetzlaff family

The surname Tetzlaff was first found in Pomerania, where it originated. During the Middle Ages, a man was often identified by the name of his city of origin; thus, it is likely that the progenitor of the name was a native of the township of Tetzlaff who had moved to another city in Pomerania. The young Tetzlaff family was instrumental to the development of medieval society in Pomerania, and played a major role in the history of the region.

Early History of the Tetzlaff family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tetzlaff research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1777, 1837, and 1852 are included under the topic Early Tetzlaff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tetzlaff Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tetzlaff, Tetzmann, Tetzke, Tetzloff and others.

Early Notables of the Tetzlaff family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tetzlaff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tetzlaff migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tetzlaff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Tetzlaff, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1893 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tetzlaff (post 1700) +

  • Teddy Tetzlaff (1883-1929), American racecar driver
  • Doris Tetzlaff (1921-1998), All-American Girls Professional Baseball League infielder
  • Dale H. "Ted" Tetzlaff (1903-1995), American Academy Award nominated cinematographer, son of Teddy Tetzlaff
  • Frank Tetzlaff (b. 1910), American engineer
  • Christian Tetzlaff (b. 1966), German violinist
  • Gert Tetzlaff (b. 1914), famous actress who used the pseudonym Werner Wendland
  • Ingeborg Tetzlaff (b. 1907), well-known writer


  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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