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There are a few possible derivations for the Zeis surname. In some instances, it may have evolved from the Middle High German word "zeisen" meaning "to pick," in which case it may have been an occupational name, or perhaps used figuratively as a nickname which later became a surname. Or, Zeis may come from the Middle High German word "zeiz" meaning "graceful, tender or gentle."

Zeis Early Origins



The surname Zeis was first found in Wuerttemberg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Chronicles first mention Konrad Zeisolf of Mannheim in 1307, Ebelin Zeizolf of the ancient imperial city of Worms in 1234, and there is a town in Wuerttemberg called Zeizolfswiler.

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Zeis Spelling Variations


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Zeis Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Zeiss, Zeisse, Zeis, Zaiss, Zaisse, Zais, Zaissle, Zeissle, Zeissler, Zeissolf, Zeizolf, Zaiser, Zaisz, Zaisser, Zeiz and many more.

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Zeis Early History


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Zeis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zeis research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1818, 1846, and 1888 are included under the topic Early Zeis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Zeis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zeis Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zeis 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Zeis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Zeis, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782

Zeis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martin Zeis, who landed in Maryland in 1820
  • Adam Zeis, aged 40, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1845

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zeis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Zeis (post 1700)



  • Harold S. Zeis, American politician, Mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1963-71

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    5. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Zeis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zeis 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 10:27.

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