About the Project
The Zerbst Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Zerbst name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Zerbst name.
As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual team studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Zerbst's), by time period (18th Century Zerbst's), or by topic (Zerbst DNA, Zerbst Occupations, Zerbst Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.
Also see the related Zerbsts and Zerbst variants.
How to Join
To join the Zerbst Name Study, first start out by browsing our current teams and research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team/research page, and then dive right in!
If a team or research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Michael Zerbst for assistance.
Below is the research to date , and will be updated progressively , Any other inputs will be greatly appreciated.
- Zerbst is a town in the district of Anhalt-Bitterfeld, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Until an administrative reform in 2007, Zerbst was the capital of the former Anhalt-Zerbst district. It is not clear when Zerbst was founded; however, the name Ciervisti mentioned as early as 949 may already refer to a fortified Slavic settlement. In 1307 Prince Albert I of Anhalt acquired the city of Zerbst from the Barby comital family, starting a centuries-long rule by the Ascanian princely House of Anhalt. In 1745 Princess Sophie Auguste Friederike von Anhalt-Zerbst married Peter of Holstein-Gottorp, the heir apparent to the Russian throne. As Catherine II (the Great) she herself reigned as Empress of Russia from 9 July [O.S. 28 June] 1762 until 17 November [O.S. 6 November] 1796).
My direct line so far has been traced back to Posen Prussia, many Zerbsts' migrated to Australia and America in the mid 1800s, what if any, is the connection to the town namesake of Zerbst ?
In 1797 Zerbst became a component of the Principality of Anhalt-Dessau. German: habitational namne from Zerbst in Saxony-Anhalt.
Related Zerbsts and Zerbst Variants
- Zerbka and Zerbs are suggested variants
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