Zettler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestral home of the Zettler family is in the German state of 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

The surname Zettler 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 Zettler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zettler research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 188 and 1882 are included under the topic Early Zettler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

Early Notables of the Zettler family (pre 1700)

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United States Zettler migration to the United States +

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
  • Matthias Zettler, who settled in Georgia between 1734-41
  • Matthias Zettler, who landed in Georgia in 1734-1741 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Zettler (post 1700) +

  • Emil Robert Zettler (1878-1946), American sculptor
  • Louis J. Zettler, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 20th District, 1903-04; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912 [2]
  • Rob Zettler (b. 1968), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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