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The Zwick surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Zwick is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Zwick was given to someone who lived in the town of Zwickl in Bavaria. In the eastern regions of Bohemia and Silesia, Zwicker or Zwicke was a short form of Zwickauer, which denoted a person from the Saxon city of Zwickau. In Old German, the words Zwick, Zwack, or Zweck meant nails orbolts, and the verb zwicken or zwacken meant to pack or load.

Zwick Early Origins



The surname Zwick 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.

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Zwick Spelling Variations


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Zwick Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Zwick include Zwick, Zwickel, Zwicker (Saxony), Zwicke (Silesia), Zwickert (Silesia), Zwicken, Zwicki (Switzerland), Zwicky (Switzerland), Zwack (Bavaria), Zwacker, Zweck and many more.

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Zwick Early History


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Zwick Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zwick research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1709, 1792, 1403, 1391, 1403 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Zwick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Zwick Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zwick Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Zwick 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 Zwick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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:

Zwick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Matthew Zwick, who came with his wife and their four children to America in 1709
  • Veronica Zwick arrived in New York City in 1710 at the age of 39
  • Heinrich Zwick, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Heinrich Zwick came to Philadelphia in 1743

Zwick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Zwick, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Zwick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anna Zwick, aged 50, who landed in America from Toporcz, Hungary, in 1906
  • Anna Zwick, aged 33, who landed in America from Eusapu, Germany, in 1907
  • Aron Zwick, aged 20, who settled in America from Olanek, Russia, in 1910
  • Carl Zwick, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Abram Zwick, aged 16, who landed in America from Krzywrzyce, Poland, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zwick (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Zwick (post 1700)



  • Justin Zwick (b. 1983), American football quarterback
  • Joel Zwick (b. 1942), American director of movies, theatre, and television shows
  • G. L. Zwick, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1940
  • Mrs. G. Zwick, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1928
  • Bob L. Zwick, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Virginia State House of Delegates 18th District, 2011
  • Edward Zwick (b. 1952), American film director and producer
  • Charles Zwick (b. 1926), prominent American economist and banker

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    3. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    5. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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    The Zwick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zwick 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.

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