Wilhelm Zapf

23 February 1872–
Ottenau, Rastatt, Baden, Germany

The Life of Wilhelm

When Wilhelm Zapf was born on 23 February 1872, in Ottenau, Rastatt, Baden, Germany, his father, Johanes Zapf, was 39 and his mother, Margaretha Bindnagel, was 27. He lived in Baden, Germany in 1872.

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Johanes Zapf
Margaretha Bindnagel
Sophia Zapf
Margaretha Zapf
Wilhelm Zapf
Damian Zapf

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World Events (7)


Age 18

Young William (Wilhelm) II dismisses Bismarck.

Age 42

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina provoking World War I.
1914 · Germany declares war on Russia

Age 42

On August 1, 1914, Germany declared war on Russia, sparking World War I. This would not be the last time Germany caused a world war. After the Allies defeated Germany, they signed the Treaty of Versailles.

Name Meaning

South German: from Middle High German zapfe ‘bung’, ‘stopper’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a taverner, or perhaps a nickname for an inebriate.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • Wilhelm Zapf, "Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898"
  • Wilhelm Zapf, "Deutschland, Geburten und Taufen 1558-1898"

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