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
"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.
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.
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