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The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Zandt. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in the Rhineland was the local name, a name taken on from a place-name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of a village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Zandt was given to someone who lived beside a rocky cliff. Zandt is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties

Zandt Early Origins



The surname Zandt was first found in the Palatinate region of the Rhineland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the region, eventually moving north with the Palatinate counts to Duesseldorf in the duchy of Berg. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Zandt Spelling Variations


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Zandt Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Zandt include Zandt, Zand, Zant and others.

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Zandt Early History


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Zandt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zandt research. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1253, 1778, 1823, 1825, 1827, 1829, and 1867 are included under the topic Early Zandt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Zandt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zandt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zandt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Zandt, or one of its variants above:

Zandt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Zandt arrived in Philadelphia in 1829

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zandt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Zandt (post 1700)



  • William "Billy" Van Zandt (b. 1957), American playwright and actor
  • John Townes Van Zandt (1944-1997), American Texas Country-folk music singer-songwriter, performer, and poet
  • Peter P. Van Zandt, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1777-78, 1779-84
  • Khleber Miller Van Zandt (1836-1930), American politician, Delegate to Texas State Constitutional Convention, 1875
  • John W. Van Zandt, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 8th District, 1862-63
  • John G. Van Zandt, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County, 1811-12
  • James Edward Van Zandt (1898-1986), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1939-43, 1947-63
  • Jacobus Van Zandt, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1777-78, 1779-83
  • Isaac Van Zandt (1813-1847), American politician, Member of Texas Republic House of Representatives, 1840-42; Texas Republic Charge d'Affaires to the United States, 1842
  • Clarence D. Van Zandt (d. 1926), American Republican politician, Mayor of Rochester, New York, 1922-26
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    4. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Zandt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zandt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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