The Zoelle family originated in Bavaria
. As hereditary surnames
were adopted in that area beginning in the 12th century, people were often identified by the kind of work they did. Zoelle is an occupational
name for a toll-taker or tax gatherer. The Zoelle family became landed aristocrats and they resided in an elegant feudal
manor on a vast estate in Bavaria.
Early Origins of the Zoelle family
The surname Zoelle was first found in Bavaria
, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their support in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses in Austria
, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their quest for power. Chronicles first mention Eberhard Zollner of the town Eger on the border between Bavaria
and Bohemia. Chronicles also mention Hartman der Zoller of Emmerdingen in 1392, and Johann Vryenstat der Czoellner of Liegnitz, Silesia
Early History of the Zoelle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zoelle research.Another 206 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1671, 1793, 1822, 1834, 1868, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Zoelle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Zoelle Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Zoelle include Zoller, Zoll, Zoeller, Zollner, Zolner, Zoll, Zoellner and many more.
Early Notables of the Zoelle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Zoelle family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Zoelle or a variant listed above:
Zoelle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Marzcll Zoelle, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)