Zeller History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Zeller family are found in the German state of Bavaria. The Zeller surname, was a local name, for someone who lived in the place named Zell. This place-name can be found in several areas in Germany, but the most well known town of this name is in the region of Freiburg, which is in the Schwarzwald, or the Black Forest, just north of the Swiss border. The place-name has appeared in several countries where the Germanic people had influence.

Early Origins of the Zeller family

The surname Zeller was first found in Bavaria, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking supremacy in constantly changing power relations. Chronicles first mention Ulrich Zeller of Esslingen in 1282 and Dietrich Czelleman of Muehlhausen in Saxony in 1393. The name originates in the Latin word "cella," which was taken into mediaeval German in the word "Klosterzelle."

Early History of the Zeller family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zeller research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1477, 1548, 1497, 1562, 1503, 1462, 1560, 1683 and 1763 are included under the topic Early Zeller History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Zeller 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 Zeller include Zeller, Zellers, Zell, Zelle, Zella, Zellmer, Zelleman, Zellaman, Zellemann, Zellner, Zelmer, Zelman, Zelkmann, Zellman, Zelner, Zellerman and many more.

Early Notables of the Zeller family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Zeller in this period include Matthäus (Matias) Zell (1477-1548), a Lutheran theologian and reformer based in Strasbourg; and his wife Katharina Zell, née Schütz (1497-1562), a German Protestant writer during the Reformation; Ulrich Zell...
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zeller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Zeller migration to the United States +

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 Zeller surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Zeller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Hcnrich Zeller, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Johannes Zeller, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Heinrich Zeller, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Bartel Zeller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Conrad Zeller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Zeller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Regina Zeller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • Francis Zeller, who arrived in Maryland in 1834 [1]
  • Joh Bern Zeller, who landed in America in 1836 [1]
  • Val Zeller, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Philip Zeller, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Zeller Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George M Zeller, who landed in Arkansas in 1901 [1]

New Zealand Zeller migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Zeller Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. H. Zeller, (b. 1855), aged 35, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tainui" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in December 1890 [2]
  • Mrs. Zeller, (b. 1858), aged 32, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tainui" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in December 1890 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Zeller (post 1700) +

  • Tyler Paul Zeller (b. 1990), American college basketball player
  • Sanford Myron Zeller (1885-1948), American mycologist
  • Richard Zeller, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1960 [3]
  • Raymond B. Zeller, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1948, 1952 [3]
  • Raymond Zeller, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996, 2004 [3]
  • Kenneth J. Zeller, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2000, 2008 [3]
  • John Zeller, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1892-93 [3]
  • Howard A. Zeller, American Republican politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 6th District, 1950-58 [3]
  • George Zeller, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1930 [3]
  • George Zeller, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 41st District, 1919-20 [3]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Zeller +

  • 2442 "Cradled by the Massanutten: The Zellers/Sellers Family" by Mary Marie Koontz Arrington, "From A B to Z: A Genealogy" by Margaret Zeller Garrett.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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