The following was written to me by Rudolf Corzilius, October 2003:
I was born 1935 in Vielbach which is about 1 km away from Nordhofen. Here I went to school and from here I went to high school before leaving to study in Frankfurt and Nuremberg when I reached the age of 19. Our small church is (was) in Nordhofen (Protestants) where I had to go every sunday morning as a child. Four little villages -- Nordhofen, Vielbach, Qirnbach and Mogendorf (all-totaled, ~400 inhabitants) -- belonged to this church. We call this a 'Kirchspiel' - villages 'playing' together with one church. My grandgrandfather came from Nordhofen.
In the whole region, which is called the Westerwald, you would find our name rather often in various spelling forms (Catholics write Korzilius, Protestants write Corz(c)ilius).
The lower Westerwald is a region where you find clay and therefore you find a significant amount of pottery industry in the places Höhr-Grenzhausen, Ransbach and Wirges. This industry had a tremendous boom after World War II; but today they are fighting against porcelain (imports). It has been shown that some Corzilius came from the north (Netherlands and Siegerland) to bring pottery technology to the Westerwald area, which is also called 'Kannenbäckerland' (translated: this is the land where the potery manufacturers live - the word 'Kanne' means pottery and 'bäcker' means 'baker' and 'land' means land so literally, pottery-bakers-land).
The whole area is called the 'Rheinische Schiefergebirge' (meaning 'slate mountains on the banks of the river Rhein'). These mountains are divided into 4 parts: Eifel, Hunsrück, Taunus, Westerwald. Bitburg, where you said you had lived when you were younger, is in the region called Eifel.
Right in the middle of this area, the city of Koblenz is located (Koblenz comes from the latin word 'confluenca' (con = together and fluere = to flow), which means 'junction' of (three) rivers: Rhine (Rhein), Mosel and Lahn. North of Koblenz about 100 km you find the city of Köln (Cologne, which means in Latin 'colonia agripina' colonia = settlement or colonisation, agripina is a female name). As you can see, there is a strong Roman (hence latin) influence in this area, so it is also quite likely that our name is also descended from the same.
The following was written to me by Rudolf Corzilius, November 2003:
News from the Keramikmuseum in Hoehr-Grenzhausen. My question (regarding the Corzilius branding of blue-gray ceramics made in the area) was forwarded to a person called Heike Corcilius, who is working there. She provided the the following statement:
Up until the early 1990s there were 2 companies signing their gray-blue products 'Corcilius' and annother 'Corzelius'. Her own parents closed their company 'Reinhold Corcilius' in 1993, and another company, 'Corzelius' was also closing down at that time. These two companies signed their gray-blue products on the bottom with their name. They also produced the product called a 'Bembel' which is a special jar for serving apple-wine and was especially noted for its use in a very famous german TV-show. Other companies 'Korzilius' or 'Corzelius' still exist, but produce ceramic (not gray-blue) products.