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The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Zwiefel family. Zwiefel is a local name. Zwiefel is a name for someone who lived in Bavaria. The Zwiefel 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.

Zwiefel Early Origins



The surname Zwiefel 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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Zwiefel Spelling Variations


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

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Zwiefel Early History


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Zwiefel Early History



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

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Zwiefel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zwiefel Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

Zwiefel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Killan Zwiefel settled in Arkansas in 1906
  • Killian Zwiefel, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    7. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    8. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Zwiefel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zwiefel 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 10 October 2014 at 10:53.

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