The ancestral home of the Zellers family was in the German state of Bavaria
. Zellers is a local
name for a person 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 Zellers family
The surname Zellers 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 Zellers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zellers research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1477, 1548, 1497, 1562, 1503, 1462, 1560, 1683 and 1763 are included under the topic Early Zellers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Zellers Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Zellers include Zeller, Zellers, Zell, Zelle, Zella, Zellmer, Zelleman, Zellaman, Zellemann, Zellner, Zelmer, Zelman, Zelkmann, Zellman, Zelner, Zellerman and many more.
Early Notables of the Zellers family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Zellers 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 Zellers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Zellers family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Zellers or a variant listed above: Bacshe Zeller, who came with his wife Verena Schaublin and their three children to Carolina in 1749; Heinrich Zeller came to Philadelphia in 1738; Peter Zell came to Philadelphia County in 1734.