The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Zwaenziger family. Nickname
surnames, such as Zwaenziger, were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person to use the name. Zwaenziger was originally a name for a graceful person. The name Zwaenziger is derived from the German word zwanen,
which means a swan.
There are also numerous places of this name in Germany
because the swan symbolizes poetry, which was particularly popular during the Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Zwaenziger family
The surname Zwaenziger was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Zwanziger was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal
society that would eventually shape the course of European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Early History of the Zwaenziger family
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Zwaenziger 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 Zwaenziger include Zwanziger, Zwansiger, Zwanzger, Zwenziger, Zwenzger, Zwaenziger, Zwaenzger, Zwansigen, Zwanzigel, Zwanzigele, Zwenzigen, Zwenzigel, Zwenzigele, Zwaenzigen, Zwaenzigel and many more.
Early Notables of the Zwaenziger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Zwaenziger family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Zwaenzigers to arrive in North America, and among them were: Andreas Zwanzger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754; Georg Zwanziger came to America in 1783.; other settlers who established themselves along the eastern seaboard of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries..