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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

  • Hans Georg Ziegler, who landed in America in 1622

Ziegler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John George Ziegler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Philipp Georg Ziegler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Leonhard Ziegler, aged 21, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Joh Leonhart Ziegler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Han Wilhelm Ziegler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732

Ziegler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mich Ziegler, who landed in America in 1807
  • Michael Ziegler, who arrived in America in 1819
  • Philip Ziegler, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1832
  • Phillip Ziegler, who landed in Ohio in 1833
  • George Ziegler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835

Ziegler Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Ziegler, who came to Canada in 1783 with the United Empire Loyalists

Ziegler Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Anna Ziegler, aged 11, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Felix Ziegler, aged 4, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Magdalena Ziegler, aged 50, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Margaretha Ziegler, aged 21, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902


  • Edward Ziegler (1870-1947), American music critic and opera manager
  • Larry Ziegler (b. 1939), American professional golfer
  • John Ziegler (b. 1967), American radio talk show host, Los Angeles
  • Karl Waldemar Ziegler (1898-1973), German chemist who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1963
  • Captain Walter Ziegler (1908-1937), German Watch Officer from Hamburg, Germany, who worked on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire on May 6, 1937
  • Henri Ziegler (b. 1908), French engineer and pilot who directed the French contribution to the Concorde project
  • Ronald Ziegler (b. 1939), Press Secretary to President Nixon (1969-1974)
  • Pablo Ziegler (b. 1944), Argentine pianist
  • Matthias Ziegler, Swiss flutist, classical and jazz music
  • Brigadier William Smith Ziegler (1911-1999), Canadian Regional Administration Officer, Land in Niedersachsen, Allied Control Commission for Germany


  • Roots and Branches of a Ziegler Family Tree, 1767-1980, Georg Michael Ziegler by Alta Buckingham Drasser.
  • The Ziegler Family and Related Families in Pennsylvania by Gertrude Mohlin Ziegler.
  • Genealogical Chronology of John Peter Snyder, 1729-1807 and His Wife Mary Catherine Elizabeth (Stenz) Snyder, 1739-1782 and Their Descendants by Howard W. Stentz.

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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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