Zoller History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Zoller 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. Zoller is an occupational name for a toll-taker or tax gatherer. The Zoller family became landed aristocrats and they resided in an elegant feudal manor on a vast estate in Bavaria.

Early Origins of the Zoller family

The surname Zoller 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.

Early History of the Zoller family

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Zoller 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 Zoller include Zoller, Zoll, Zoeller, Zollner, Zolner, Zoll, Zoellner and many more.

Early Notables of the Zoller family (pre 1700)

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Zoller Ranking

In the United States, the name Zoller is the 14,700th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Zoller migration to the United States +

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 Zoller or a variant listed above:

Zoller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hanss Henrich Zoller, who landed in New York in 1709 [2]
  • Johannes Zoller, who landed in New York in 1709 [2]
  • Han Georg Zoller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
  • Nicklas Zoller, who settled in Philadelphia in 1740
  • Nicklas Zoller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Zoller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Karl Zoller, aged 25, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1841 [2]
  • Geo Zoller, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1845 [2]
  • Peter Zoller, who arrived in America in 1853 [2]
  • Piere Zoller, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Joh Phil Zoller, who arrived in America in 1855 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Zoller Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wilhelm Zoller, aged 6, who landed in America in 1900 [2]
  • Heinrich Zoller, aged 2, who arrived in America in 1900 [2]
  • Jacob Zoller, aged 7, who landed in America in 1900 [2]
  • Eva Zoller, aged 24, who landed in America in 1900 [2]
  • Friedrich Zoller, aged 3, who landed in America in 1900 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Zoller (post 1700) +

  • John I. Zoller, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1843 [3]
  • John A. Zoller, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1943; Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 9th District, 1946 [3]
  • Charles Zoller, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 4th District, 1912 [3]
  • Abram Zoller, American politician, Mayor of Little Falls, New York, 1916; Justice of New York Supreme Court 5th District, 1934-49 [3]
  • Martha Zoller (b. 1959), U.S. columnist, author, and radio personality
  • Stefan Zoller (b. 1914), Romanian field handball player of German origin
  • Hugo Zöller (1852-1933), German traveler and journalist
  • Günter Zöller (b. 1948), German Olympic figure skater and figure skating coach
  • Hugo Zöller (1852-1933), German explorer and journalist
  • Robert Zoller (b. 1961), Austrian World Cup alpine skier
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Franz Zöller (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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