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The Zoeller family originated in Bavaria, Germany. As hereditary surnames were adopted in that area beginning in the 12th century, people were often identified by the kind of work they did. Zoeller is an occupational name for a toll-taker or tax gatherer. The Zoeller family became landed aristocrats and they resided in an elegant feudal manor on a vast estate in Bavaria.

Zoeller Early Origins



The surname Zoeller 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 Switzerland, 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 in 1388.

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Zoeller Spelling Variations


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Zoeller Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Zoeller include Zoller, Zoll, Zoeller, Zollner, Zolner, Zoll, Zoellner and many more.

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Zoeller Early History


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Zoeller Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zoeller research. Another 206 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1671, 1793, 1822, 1834, 1868, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Zoeller History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Zoeller Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zoeller Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zoeller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Zoeller surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Zoeller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Zoeller, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709

Zoeller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip Zoeller, who came to Texas in 1847
  • Phil Zoeller, who arrived in Texas in 1847
  • George B Zoeller, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1858
  • Otto Zoeller, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zoeller (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Zoeller (post 1700)



  • Barry Zoeller, American former news anchor and news director
  • Gregory F. Zoeller (b. 1955), the American 42nd Attorney General of the state of Indiana
  • Frank Urban "Fuzzy" Zoeller (b. 1951), American PGA golfer, winner of the 1984 U.S. Open and The Masters
  • Guillermo Zoeller, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Ciudad Juarez, 1914
  • Hugo Zoeller (1852-1933), German explorer and journalist
  • Günter Zoeller (b. 1948), German figure skater and figure skating coach
  • Karlheinz Zoeller (1928-2005), German musician and solo flautist of the Berlin Philharmonic from 1960 to 1969 and from 1976 to 1993
  • Thomas Zoeller, German author and player of the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes, border pipes, and smallpipes

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    Other References

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    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Zoeller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zoeller 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.

    This page was last modified on 21 June 2016 at 13:34.

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