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Where did the German Zigler family come from? What is the German Zigler family crest and coat of arms? When did the Zigler family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Zigler family history?

The ancestral home of the Zigler family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Zigler 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 Zigler 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.


Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in 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 Zigler 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 Zigler research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1843 is included under the topic Early Zigler History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Zigler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andries Zigler, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Koenraet Zigler, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Philip Zigler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Anna Margaret Zigler, aged 4, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Hans Adam Zigler, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738

Zigler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Zigler, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1876


  • Howard S. Zigler, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1940


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The Zigler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zigler 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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