nickname, which then became a hereditary surname.
Early Origins of the Ziehl family
Westphalia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region, later moving to Lithuania and East Prussia. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the military and civil service, which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development and eventual unification of the German nation.
Early History of the Ziehl family
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Ziehl Spelling Variations
Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Ziehl include Sell, Selle, Sellen, Sellers, Seller, Sellmann, Sellman and many more.
Early Notables of the Ziehl family (pre 1700)
Baron Adolph von Sell (b.1797), who was Lord Chamberlain at the court of Mecklenburg, as well as...
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Migration of the Ziehl family to the New World and Oceana
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:
Ziehl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Ziehl (post 1700)
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