Zahn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Zahn is derived from the Middle High German word "zan," which means "tooth." It is believed that the surname takes its origin from a nickname, most likely bestowed on the original bearer due to either a prominent tooth or a missing tooth.

Early Origins of the Zahn family

The surname Zahn was first found in the various regions of Germany and its neighboring countries in which the name first emerged. The earliest such instance dates back as far as 1179, when Chuonrad Zant was recorded to be living in Gurk, a village in the mountains that separate Austria and Germany.

Early History of the Zahn family

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Zahn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Zahn, Zan, Zant, Zandt, Zähnle, Czant and others.

Early Notables of the Zahn family (pre 1700)

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Zahn Ranking

In the United States, the name Zahn is the 6,508th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Zahn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Zahn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Casper Zahn, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754
  • Casper Zahn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [2]
Zahn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Fried Zahn, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [2]
  • Joh H Zahn, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [2]
  • Barbara Zahn, who landed in America in 1844-1845 [2]
  • Katharina Zahn, who landed in America in 1844-1845 [2]
  • Magdalena Zahn, who arrived in America in 1844-1845 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Zahn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Johann Zahn, aged 23, who arrived in New York, NY in 1900 [2]
  • Siegfried Zahn, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1900 [2]

Canada Zahn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Zahn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • August Zahn, aged 25, who arrived in Quebec in 1868

Contemporary Notables of the name Zahn (post 1700) +

  • Anthony Zahn, American bronze medalist cyclist at the 2008 Summer Paralympics
  • Gordon Zahn (1918-2007), born Gordon Charles Paul Roach, an American sociologist, pacifist, professor, and author
  • Timothy Zahn (b. 1951), American Hugo Award winning writer of science fiction short stories and novels from Chicago
  • Steven James "Steve" Zahn (b. 1967), American actor and comedian
  • Geoffery Clayton "Geoff" Zahn (b. 1945), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Paula Zahn (b. 1956), American prominent television anchor and host, especially at CNN
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Zahn (1845-1904), German-Swiss pathologist
  • Dr. rer. oec. Eberhard Detloff Zahn (1910-2010), German Oberstleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Johannes Christoph Andreas Zahn (1817-1895), German theologian and musicologist
  • Theodor Zahn (1838-1933), German biblical scholar
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Karl Zahn (1908-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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