History of your Surname
Get access to Zeiler family records.Start a free trial

Zeiler Family History

Zeiler Name Meaning

South German: topographic name from Middle High German zile ‘row of houses’, ‘alley’, or zil ‘thorn bush’, the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Zeller, Zeisler, Zeiner, Zeidler, Beiler, Zeiger, Seiler, Zeier

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Zeiler family from?

You can see how Zeiler families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zeiler family name was found in the USA between 1840 and 1920. The most Zeiler families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Zeiler families living in Virginia. This was about 75% of all the recorded Zeiler's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Zeiler families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Zeiler surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Zeiler ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Zeiler. 20% of Zeiler men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Zeiler women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Zeiler were Manager and Saleslady. .

View Census Data for Zeiler | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Manager
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    16%
  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Seamstress
    13%
  • Saleslady
    13%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Zeiler family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Zeiler. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zeiler census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Zeiler

Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Zeiler. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Zeiler immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Zeiler. For the veterans among your Zeiler ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Zeiler military records

You've only scratched the surface of Zeiler family history

Discover More

What is the average Zeiler lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Zeiler life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1951. The average life expectancy for Zeiler in 1951 was 100, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Zeiler

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Zeiler family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial