The ancient roots of the Zweck family are found in the German state of Bavaria
. Zweck was a local
name, for someone who lived in the town of Zwickl in Bavaria. In the eastern regions of Bohemia and Silesia
was a short form of Zwickauer,
which denoted a person from the Saxon city of Zwickau. In Old German, the words Zwick, Zwack,
and the verb zwicken
meant to pack
Early Origins of the Zweck family
The surname Zweck was first found in Bavaria
, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Zwickl is a town in Bavaria, and Berchtold der Zwickel was the founder of a prominent line of the family in the Bavarian city Augsburg around 1317. In the eastern regions of Bohemia and Silesia
, Zwicker or Zwicke was a short form of the label "Zwickauer," applied to a person from the Saxon city of Zwickau. For instance, Herman Czwicker (Czickower) was recorded in the Silesian city Breslau in 1348. Chronicles also mention Heinrich Zwick of the Swiss town St. Gallen in the year 1436. In Old-German, the words Zwick, Zwack, or Zweck referred literally to nails or bolts, and the verb "zwicken" or "zwacken" meant to pack or load.
Early History of the Zweck family
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Zweck 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 Zweck include Zwick, Zwickel, Zwicker (Saxony), Zwicke (Silesia), Zwickert (Silesia), Zwicken, Zwicki (Switzerland), Zwicky (Switzerland), Zwack (Bavaria), Zwacker, Zweck and many more.
Early Notables of the Zweck family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Zweck in this period include Petrus Zwicker (died 1403), East Prussian Inquisitor and cleric of the Roman Catholic Order of the Celestines, (1391-1403) he led one of the largest... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zweck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Zweck family to the New World and Oceana
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 Zweck surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Zweck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John B Zweck, who arrived in St Clair County, III in 1882 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Zweck Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Friedrich Zweck, aged 32, a locksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Gellert" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GELLERT 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Gellert.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Zweck (post 1700)
- Brad Zweck, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1987-91 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Brad Zweck, American freelance writer and public relations consultant
- Paul Zweck (1933-2012), Australian actor, known for his work in Rain Shadow (2007) and Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979)