The name Zwanzger comes from Bavaria
. It is a nickname
surname. German nicknames came from eke-names, or added names, that described characteristics of the people who originally carried them. Zwanzger was originally a name for a graceful person. The name Zwanzger 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 Zwanzger family
The surname Zwanzger 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 Zwanzger family
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Zwanzger 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 Zwanzger include Zwanziger, Zwansiger, Zwanzger, Zwenziger, Zwenzger, Zwaenziger, Zwaenzger, Zwansigen, Zwanzigel, Zwanzigele, Zwenzigen, Zwenzigel, Zwenzigele, Zwaenzigen, Zwaenzigel and many more.
Early Notables of the Zwanzger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Zwanzger family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Zwanzger or a variant listed above:
Zwanzger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Andreas Zwanzger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754