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Where did the German Deweese family come from? What is the German Deweese family crest and coat of arms? When did the Deweese family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Deweese family history?

The surname Deweese is a Bavarian nickname surname. German nicknames came from eke-names, or added names, and tended to describe a physical characteristic or other attribute of their initial bearer. Deweese is a name for a person who had a pale complexion or fair colored hair. The surname Deweese was derived from the German word weises, which meant white.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Deweese include Weise, Weis, Weiser, Wise and others.

First found in Bavaria, where the name gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Chronicles first mention Nicolaus Weiser of Iglau in Bohemia in 1378.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deweese research. Another 359 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1867, 1830, 1852, 1840, 1844, 1798, 1841, 1842, 1642, 1708, 1810 and 1867 are included under the topic Early Deweese History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 125 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deweese Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Deweese or a variant listed above:

Deweese Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Benjamin Deweese, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Mrs. Rollen Deweese, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Rollen Deweese, aged 41, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Walter Lee DeWeese, aged 24, who emigrated to Ainsworth, Iowa, in 1915

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  • H. William "Bill" DeWeese (b. 1950), American member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Thomas Eugene DeWeese (1934-2012), American writer of fiction
  • Devin Deweese, American professor of Islamic and Central Eurasian Studies
  • John Thomas Deweese (1835-1906), American Congressional Representative from North Carolina


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  • Allison, Dewees (Also Deweese), Johnson, Scruggs and Other Related Families: Old Photographs, Letters etc. by Judith Allison Walters.
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The Deweese Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deweese Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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