The ancestral home of the Zettels family is in the German state of Bavaria
. The name Zettels 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 Zettels is derived from the German word "zedel," which means "drawing up" or "dispatching." It is also possible that the original bearer of the name Zettels was involved in the judiciary, or in the drawing up of legal documents.
Early Origins of the Zettels family
The surname Zettels 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.
Early History of the Zettels family
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Zettels 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 Zettels include Zettel, Zettle, Zettl, Zettels, Zettler, Zedel and others.
Early Notables of the Zettels family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Zettels 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 Zettels or a variant listed above: Jacob Zettel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733. Matthias Zettler came to Georgia between 1734-41; while Frederick Zettel arrived in 1856.