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The ancestral home of the Zettel family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Zettel is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a person who held a position of high prestige and may have been a courier or a diplomat. The name Zettel is derived from the German word "zedel," which means "drawing up" or "dispatching." It is also possible that the original bearer of the name Zettel was involved in the judiciary, or in the drawing up of legal documents.

Zettel Early Origins



The surname Zettel was first found in Bavaria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. 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. Chronicles first mention Merten Zettelschreiber of Altburg in 1560.

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Zettel Spelling Variations


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Zettel 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 Zettel include Zettel, Zettle, Zettl, Zettels, Zettler, Zedel and others.

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Zettel Early History


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Zettel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zettel research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 188 and 1882 are included under the topic Early Zettel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Zettel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zettel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zettel 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 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:

Zettel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Zettel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733

Zettel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Zettel arrived in Georgia in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zettel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Zettel (post 1700)



  • Louis A. Zettel, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 6th District, 1934
  • Charlene Zettel (b. 1947), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2004
  • Kathrin Zettel (b. 1986), Austrian alpine skier

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Zettel Historic Events


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Zettel Historic Events




Hindenburg LZ-129

  • Mr. German Zettel (1901-1937), German Chief Mechanic from Buchschlag, Hessen, Germany, who worked on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire on May 6, 1937

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    5. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Zettel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zettel 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 10:28.

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