Bavaria. The name Zettler 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 Zettler is derived from the German word "zedel," which means "drawing up" or "dispatching." It is also possible that the original bearer of the name Zettler was involved in the judiciary, or in the drawing up of legal documents.
Early Origins of the Zettler family
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 Zettler family
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Zettler Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Zettler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Zettler family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Zettlers to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Zettler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Zettler (post 1700)
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