The distinguished German surname Zobels is derived from the Middle High German word "zabel," meaning "board game." The name may have been bestowed as a nickname
on the original bearer, who was most likely someone particularly fond of games. Alternatively, Zobels may be a variant of the surname Zobel, a name derived from the Slavic "sobel," meaning "sable fur." In this instance, the name would have been initially borne by a fur trader.
Early Origins of the Zobels family
The surname Zobels was first found in the Rhineland
, where it first emerged. The earliest known bearer of the name was Thid. Zabel, who lived in Cologne in 1187. The young Zobels family was instrumental during this early period, playing an important role in the development of the society of the Rhineland.
Early History of the Zobels family
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Zobels Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Zabel, Zobel, Tzabels, Tzabel, Zabels, Zobels and many more.
Early Notables of the Zobels family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Zobels family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joh Wilhelm Zobel, who emigrated from Rhineland
to Boston in 1751; Christian Zabel and his wife Dorothea Luise Muller, "Old Lutherans" from Pomerania who sailed to New York on board the Barque Rainbow in 1843.