Zimmer Family History

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Zimmer Name Meaning

German: metonymic occupational name for a carpenter, either from Middle High German zim(b)er, zimmer ‘wood’, ‘wooden building’ or a shortening of Zimmermann.

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

Similar surnames: Wimmer, Simmer, Kimmer, Timmer, Zimmel, Nimmer, Limmer, Sommer

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Zimmer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Zimmer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Zimmer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Zimmer Family Origin

Where is the Zimmer family from?

Zimmer Family Occupations

What did your Zimmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Zimmer family was Game Keeper. Cabinet Maker, Commercial Clerk and Fishmonger were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Zimmer. The most common Zimmer occupation in the UK was Cabinet Maker. 6% of Zimmer's were Cabinet Makers.

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  • Cabinet Maker

  • Commercial Clerk

  • Fishmonger

  • Game Keeper


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Zimmer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Zimmer Historical Records

What Zimmer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 77,000 census records available for the last name Zimmer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zimmer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Zimmer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Zimmer. For the veterans among your Zimmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Zimmer Life Expectancy

What is the average Zimmer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Zimmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Zimmer in 1944 was 31, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Zimmer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Zimmer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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