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The ancestral home of the Zeiger family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Zeiger is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a brick maker. The name Zeiger is derived from the German word "ziegelbrenner," which means "brick maker." Although this name is quite common in Germany, it is most frequently found in the south and south-west of Germany, which are regions that were occupied by the Romans and had a strong house building industry.

Zeiger Early Origins



The surname Zeiger was first found in Bavaria, where they were established in the Middle Ages. They became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in the Bavarian cities of Noerdlingen, Nuremburg, and Munich, elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Chronicles first mention Ulreich der Zigler of the city Eger on the border between Bohemia and Bavaria around the year 1340.

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Zeiger Spelling Variations


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Zeiger Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Zeiger include Ziegler, Zieglauer, Zigler, Zeigler and many more.

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Zeiger Early History


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Zeiger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zeiger research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1843 is included under the topic Early Zeiger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Zeiger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zeiger Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zeiger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Zeiger surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Zeiger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jurg Zeiger, who arrived in New York in 1709

Zeiger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Zeiger, aged 41, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Elis Margarethe Johannette Zeiger, aged 16, landed in America in 1854
  • Joh James Zeiger, aged 33, landed in New York, NY in 1855
  • Wilh Zeiger, who landed in America in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zeiger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Zeiger (post 1700)



  • Hans Andreas Zeiger (b. 1985), American politician, Representative for the 25th Legislative District of Washington (2010-)
  • David Zeiger, American Golden Starfish Award winning film director and producer
  • Joanna Sue Zeiger (b. 1970), American gold and bronze medalist triathlete, 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Champion
  • Edward C. Zeiger, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1915
  • Philipp Zeiger (b. 1990), German footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    4. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    5. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    8. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    The Zeiger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zeiger 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 December 2015 at 10:24.

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