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The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Zweifel family. Zweifel is a local name, first used as a surname for someone who lived in Bavaria. The Zweifel family resided on a vast feudal estate in an elegant manor. They also became involved in the political and economic affairs of Bavaria and acquired a distinguished reputation for their contributions to German society.

Zweifel Early Origins



The surname Zweifel was first found in Bavaria, where the name Zweifel made a great early contribution to the feudal society of early Europe. The name Zweifel became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

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Zweifel Spelling Variations


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Zweifel 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 Zweifel include Zweifel, Zweiffel, Zweifeln, Zwiefel, Zwibel, Swibel, Zwiebler and many more.

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Zweifel Early History


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Zweifel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zweifel research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zweifel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Zweifel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zweifel Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Zweifel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Zweifels to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Zweifel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Zweifel came to Philadelphia in 1874
  • Alois Zweifel arrived in Pennsylvania in 1877
  • Babetta Zweifel, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Feliz Zweifel, aged 58, who emigrated to the United States from Langman, in 1898
  • Bernhard Zweifel, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Glarus, in 1899

Zweifel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfred Zweifel, aged 27, who landed in America from Lenzburg, Switzerland, in 1907
  • Anna Zweifel, aged 47, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Carolina Zweifel, aged 19, who settled in America from Zurich, Switzerland, in 1916
  • Albrecht Zweifel, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Schiers, Germany, in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zweifel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Zweifel (post 1700)



  • Henry Zweifel, American Republican politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, 1921-27; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1928, 1944
  • David Eugene Zweifel (b. 1934), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, 1981-84
  • Clint Zweifel, American Democrat politician, Missouri State Treasurer; Elected 2012
  • Dr. Thomas David Zweifel (b. 1962), French-born leadership professor, entrepreneur, and author

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Zweifel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zweifel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 30 October 2015 at 09:40.

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