Wilhelm Oswalt Ziegler

Male15 August 1905–11 December 1971

Brief Life History of Wilhelm Oswalt

Wilhelm Oswalt Ziegler was born on 15 August 1905, in Wiederitzsch, Kreis Leipzig, Saxony, Germany as the son of Gottfried Ernst Ziegler and Louise Anna Kießling. He had at least 1 daughter with Marie Herta Eysold. He died on 11 December 1971, in Leipzig, Kreis Leipzig, Saxony, Germany, at the age of 66.

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Wilhelm Oswalt Ziegler
Marie Herta Eysold
Eva Anita Ziegler

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    World Events (3)


    Age 9

    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 9

    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.


    Age 13

    Armistice ending World War I.

    Name Meaning

    German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a tiler, from an agent derivative of Middle High German ziegel ‘roof tile’ (Old High German ziagal, from Latin tegula), German Ziegel. In the Middle Ages the term came to denote bricks as well as tiles, and so the name Ziegler may have also denoted a brickmaker or bricklayer (compare 2 below). This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine), Denmark, Poland, Czechia, and Hungary. Compare Zeagler , Zeigler , and Zigler .

    In some cases also a Germanized form of Slovenian Cigler or of its variant Ciglar ‘brickmaker’, cognates of 1 above.

    History: The surname Ziegler was probably first brought to North America in the early 18th century by Michael Ziegler from Germany, who settled in what is now Montgomery County, PA. The town of Zieglerville, PA, is named after him. Michael Ziegler was Lutheran, but converted to the Mennonite faith. Today the name Ziegler is also found among the Brethrens.

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

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