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The surname Zehenden was 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.

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


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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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  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 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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