The history of the Zwansigen family name begins in Bavaria
. Zwansigen is a nickname
surname, a class of German names derived from eke-names, or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Zwansigen is a name for a graceful person. The name Zwansigen 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 Zwansigen family
The surname Zwansigen 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 Zwansigen family
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Zwansigen 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 Zwansigen include Zwanziger, Zwansiger, Zwanzger, Zwenziger, Zwenzger, Zwaenziger, Zwaenzger, Zwansigen, Zwanzigel, Zwanzigele, Zwenzigen, Zwenzigel, Zwenzigele, Zwaenzigen, Zwaenzigel and many more.
Early Notables of the Zwansigen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Zwansigen family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records 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..