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Which of the two spellings of this surname was the first acknowledged spelling of.. the instant it arrived in to North America ?

Based on what my stepfather Harry Mathew Zeron had told us 'every time within the vicinity of Osnabruck', where his first ancestor Christopher had settled, stated that Zeron is the original spelling and that the spelling Zeran came about 'a generation or two' later on, when a peculiar family member was caught red handed stealing from another relative, actually several so they learned and outright denied it! Got mad beyond comprehension and literarily disowning himself from the rest of his relatives, changed the spelling of his surname Zeron to Zeran !

If not for remembering this family lore, which surprisingly is now coinciding with the majority of the earliest of historical records pretaining to Christopher and then his sons, most have interpreted Christopher's surname spelled with an "o" not an "a" and yet all have misinterpreted the Z as something else !

This is what is known of (Christopher Zerahn/Zeran) the First and Earliest known Forefather!

A)- 1st historical record is the 1751 "Passengers lists of Palastine Immigrants to North America, Christopher ZERON and Appolonia Zeron are listed.
"'Need to find this again and add it here.'"

B)- 2nd historical record is a latter sought out published record regarding Christopher and Gertraut Lowenstein Marriage, 176_.

C)- 3rd historical record, 1783 British- Upper Canada land claimants Christopher's surname was misinterpreted or recorded and republished as SERON .

D)- 4th historical record has SEARON

E)- 5th historical record has SCARON

F)- 6th Proven U.E.Loyalist registered as Christopher ZERAN .

G)- 7th historical record yet is not verified.. is Christopher's " Will " ..it is 'said' to have ZERAHN or possibly ZERRAHN with (?).
Need to find this Will
Whether it be the original handwritten Will itself or a photocopy of doesn't matter just as long as it has Christopher's signature. In order for me to examine this document for myself and maybe then I'll be able to determine the correct spelling of his surname.

H)- 8th is historical handwritten Church Registers, thus far ZIRAN, ZIRON, ZEARAN, ZEARAND, ZERON, FERON,

I)- 9th is recent Historical overture of Maple Dale Farms which traces back to David TERON !

J)- 10th is historical to present Censuses records, thus far

1861 SERON,
1871 ZERON,
1891 ZUAN,

When it comes to finding our relatives surname in Archives, believe me one has to be very ingenuititive . searching wise, verses the simplicity of this surname's spelling, it is constantly misinterpreted as something else (?) other than what it is actually written.

K) -11th is records of 3 male individuals in the United States, who were Immigrants from Armenia, changed their surname from ZERONIAN to Zeron

Found this 01-06-2019
[PDF] - Global Genealogy (Jul 29, 1990) · Dorothy Perin D.E. "A Genealogical Sketch of Joseph Brownell".


givenname, dob, book page(s)
-Arthur (b 1902), 277 & 409.
-Aurie MacKenzie Kaitlin (b 1989), 278.
-Barbara Joan, 278 .
-Barry, 278.
-Bert MacKenzie, 278.
-Beverly Ellen Lois, 277.
-Bradley, 278.
-Carol Ann, 278.
-Cheryl Ann, 278.
-Cindy Lea, 278.
-Connie Jean, 278 .
-Daniel, 278.
-Deborah, 278.
-Derek Steven, 278.
-Douglas, 277.
-Emily, 278.
-George Arthur Edwin, 278.
-Gerald Bert, 278 .
-James, 278.
-James Arthur, 278.
-Joyce Katheran, 279.
-Karen, 278.
-Kasey, 279.
-Kelly, 279.
-Laura Maureen, 278.
-Norma Edith, 278.
-Peter John, 278.
-Rebecca Ruth, 278.
-Sandra Helen, 278.
-Shawn Peter, 278.
-Sterling William, 279.
-Verla May, 278.
-William Douglas, 278.

Not all of the Zeron and Zeran (who descended from Christopher Zerahn/Zeran/Zeron) are found in the Canadian Archives, less in other resources. Thus far those who were found were found with these spelling variants..

Seron, Searon, Scaron, Zerahn, Zeron, Zerom, Zeson, Zerm, Zeran, Zearn, Zieran, Serens, Serran, Sourin, Zearand, Ceron, Ziran, Zerran, Zerr, Sarren, Serin, Cern, Seryon, Zurn, Yeran, Jeron.

Most, if not all family members know only to well, that no matter how clearly this name is pronounced, they end up having to spell it out or write it down for others and, still seemingly takes forever for some to comprehend less get it right. Well that was until one day when this was uttered ~ It's "Zero" with an "n" on the end of it! ~ and wahala!! Finally and amazingly, it works every time! plus takes less time too! by JZB.


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