is the ancestral home of the Zeltener family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames
in the 12th century. Zeltener is an occupational
name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a baker. The surname Zeltener is derived from the German word "zelte," which means "flat cake." The name is also an occupational name for a tent maker, derived from the German word "zelt" meaning "tent." Furthermore, there are numerous places named Zelte in the German states.
Early Origins of the Zeltener family
The surname Zeltener was first found in Nuremberg, where the name Zeltner contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each becoming involved in the local
social and political affairs.
Early History of the Zeltener family
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Zeltener 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 Zeltener include Zeltner, Zeltener, Zelter, Zeltmer, Zeltiner, Zeltnerin, Zelltner, Zeltinger and many more.
Early Notables of the Zeltener family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Zeltener family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Urzula Zeltnerin, who emigrated to America in 1709; Conrad Zellner came to Pennsylvania in 1750; Lotharius Zeltinger came to America with his wife, Barbara Maxheim, and two children in 1764.