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Where did the German Ziegler family come from? What is the German Ziegler family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ziegler family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ziegler family history?The ancestral home of the Ziegler family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Ziegler 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 brick maker. The name Ziegler is derived from the German word "ziegelbrenner," which means "brick maker." Although this name is quite common in Germany, it is most frequently found in the south and south-west of Germany, which are regions that were occupied by the Romans and had a strong house building industry.
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 Ziegler include Ziegler, Zieglauer, Zigler, Zeigler and many more.
First found in Bavaria, where they were established in the Middle Ages. They became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in the Bavarian cities of Noerdlingen, Nuremburg, and Munich, elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Chronicles first mention Ulreich der Zigler of the city Eger on the border between Bohemia and Bavaria around the year 1340.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ziegler research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1843 is included under the topic Early Ziegler History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ziegler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Zieglers to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Ziegler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Ziegler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Ziegler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ziegler Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Ziegler Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
The Ziegler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ziegler 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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