The historic German state of Prussia
is the ancestral home of the Zimmir family. Hereditary surnames
began to be used in Germany
during the 12th century. The Zimmir surname is derived from job done by its initial bearer. Zimmir is an occupational
name for a in Prussia.
Early Origins of the Zimmir family
The surname Zimmir 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.
Early History of the Zimmir family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zimmir 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 Zimmir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Zimmir 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 Zimmir include Zimmer, Zimmerle, Zimmerer, Zimmermann, Zimmerman, Zimerman, Timmer (northern Germany), Timmermann, Timmerman and many more.
Early Notables of the Zimmir family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Zimmir family to the New World and Oceana
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 America. 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: Maria Margaretha and her four children, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1694. Gerhard Zimmermann came to America in 1740; Elizabeth Zimerman came to Philadelphia in 1789.