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The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Zender. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname created in the Rhineland was the local name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of the village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, was used with local names. The surname Zender was given to someone who lived beside a rocky cliff. Zender is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties

Zender Early Origins



The surname Zender was first found in the Palatinate region of the Rhineland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the region, eventually moving north with the Palatinate counts to Duesseldorf in the duchy of Berg. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Zender Spelling Variations


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Zender 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 Zender include Zandt, Zand, Zant and others.

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Zender Early History


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Zender Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zender research. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1253, 1778, 1823, 1825, 1827, 1829, and 1867 are included under the topic Early Zender History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Zender Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zender Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zender 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



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 the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Zender, or one of its variants above:

Zender Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joakim Zender, who landed in New York, NY in 1834

Zender Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elje Zender, aged 1, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Hennie Zender, aged 2, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Zessie Zender, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Suboric Zender, aged 29, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • Giovanni Zender, aged 26, who arrived in America from Falcade, Italy, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zender (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Zender (post 1700)



  • Bill Zender (b. 1955), American author, business executive, consultant, and speaker
  • Marc Zender, Canadian-born, American Mayan anthropologist
  • Gladys Rosa Zender de Meier (b. 1938), née Zender Urbina, Peruvian beauty queen who became the first Latin American woman to win the Miss Universe title
  • Henry A. Zender, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1928
  • Bryce F. Zender Jr., American politician, Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1974
  • Johannes "Hans" Wolfgang Zender (b. 1936), German conductor and composer
  • Stuart Patrick Jude Zender (b. 1974), English bassist, songwriter and record producer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    2. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    8. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    11. ...

    The Zender Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zender 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.

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