Origin of family name

@Sherry12 (2475)
United States
June 21, 2007 10:42pm CST
I'm working on my family tree and have hit a stumbling block with my great-grandfather. Can anybody tell me what country they think the name Zillebuehler, Zillabuehler, Zillebuihler, and any spelling close to that is from? I had been told they came from Germany, but have recently been told that isn't a German name. I've been searching and searching and can't find anything further back then my great-grandfather. I know lots of names got mis-spelled when the came over, does anybody have any ideas on the spelling or what country this name is from?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
22 Jun 07
Well I don't know the country but I did find these links http://www.genealogytoday.com/surname/finder.mv?Surname=Zillebuehler http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gsfn=&gsln=&gspl=1%2CAny+Locality&submit=Search&gl=allgs&prox=1&gss=rwms&gsfn=&gsln=Zillebuehler&submit=Search&gl=allgs&prox=1&o_iid=1243&o_lid=1243&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0
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@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
22 Jun 07
Thank you very much.
• United States
3 Jul 07
At first glance, I just assumed it was a German name. It sounds very German. Since you have confirmed it is not, my next guess would be Dutch. Failing that, I would try something like Austrian. It almost has to have some sort of Germanic origin.
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