Zwenzger is a Bavarian nickname
surname. German nicknames came from eke-names, or added names, and tended to describe a physical characteristic or other attribute of their initial bearer. Zwenzger is a name for a graceful person. The name Zwenzger 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 Zwenzger family
The surname Zwenzger 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 Zwenzger family
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Zwenzger 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 Zwenzger include Zwanziger, Zwansiger, Zwanzger, Zwenziger, Zwenzger, Zwaenziger, Zwaenzger, Zwansigen, Zwanzigel, Zwanzigele, Zwenzigen, Zwenzigel, Zwenzigele, Zwaenzigen, Zwaenzigel and many more.
Early Notables of the Zwenzger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Zwenzger 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 Zwenzger surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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..