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The historic German state of Prussia is the ancestral home of the Zimmermann family. Hereditary surnames began to be used in Germany during the 12th century. The Zimmermann surname is derived from job done by its initial bearer. Zimmermann is an occupational name for a in Prussia.

Zimmermann Early Origins



The surname Zimmermann was first found in Prussia, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches in Germany and abroad, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Chronicles first mention the knight Hans von Zimmern, who signed his name Hans Zimmerlin, of Wuerttemberg around 1414.

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Zimmermann Spelling Variations


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Zimmermann Spelling Variations



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 Zimmermann include Zimmer, Zimmerle, Zimmerer, Zimmermann, Zimmerman, Zimerman, Timmer (northern Germany), Timmermann, Timmerman and many more.

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Zimmermann Early History


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Zimmermann Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zimmermann research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1672, 1730, 1778, 1644, 1693, 1685 and 1766 are included under the topic Early Zimmermann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Zimmermann Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zimmermann Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zimmermann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North Ameri ca. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Zimmermann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Emanuel Zimmermann, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1706
  • Johann Jacob Zimmermann, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Jacob Zimmermann, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1722
  • Andreas Zimmermann, who landed in America in 1727
  • Sybilla Zimmermann, who arrived in America in 1730
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Zimmermann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wilke Zimmermann, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Peter Zimmermann, who landed in America in 1834
  • Christian Zimmermann, who arrived in North America in 1838
  • Philip Zimmermann, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1840
  • William Zimmermann, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Zimmermann Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Gotl Zimmermann, aged 64, landed in Quebec in 1868

Zimmermann Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • J. Daniel Zimmermann, aged 44, a farmer, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Gellert"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zimmermann (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Zimmermann (post 1700)



  • Warren Zimmermann (1934-2004), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Yugoslavia, 1988
  • George Zimmermann Sr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1924, 1932
  • George Zimmermann, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Bergen County, 1890-91
  • Emil C. Zimmermann, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1956
  • Wolfhart Zimmermann (1928-2016), German theoretical physicist
  • Arthur Zimmermann (1859-1940), German Secretary of State, World War I who wrote the famous "Zimmermann telegram" that provoked the United States into declaring war on Germany
  • Egon Zimmermann (1939-2016), Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist
  • Johann Georg Zimmermann (1728-1795), Swiss physician and writer
  • Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970), composer from Cologne
  • Lious Zimmermann (1873-1954), Dutch composer and violinist
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Zimmermann Historic Events


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Zimmermann Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Leo Zimmermann (d. 1912), aged 29, German Third Class passenger from Todtmoos who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    5. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

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