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Where did the German Zehenden family come from? What is the German Zehenden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Zehenden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Zehenden family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Zentner, Zenter, Zehner, Zehntner, Zehender, Zehnten, Zehenden, Zehnder, Zener and many more.

First found in the Austrian provinces of Tyrol and Styria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district since mediaeval times. 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. Chronicles first mention Heinrich Zehender of Buehl in 1265, Lucz Zehender of Wuerzburg, Franconia, in 1409, Johan Zener (Zehender) of Augsburg, Bavaria, in 1498, and Maertl der Zehentner of Tyrol in 1380.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zehenden research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1719 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Zehenden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zehenden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Adam Zehner, who came to Philadelphia in 1754; as did Michael Zehner in 1765; and Catharina Steinbach Zehner in 1802; Paul Zehnert came to Canada in 1783 with the United Empire Loyalists.

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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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The Zehenden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zehenden 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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