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

The surname Weese 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. Weese is a name for a person who had a pale complexion or fair colored hair. The surname Weese was derived from the German word weises, which meant white.

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Weese 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 Weese 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 Weese 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 Weese Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Weese surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Weese Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Ernst Weese, aged 26, who landed in America from Berlin, in 1903
  • Josef Weese, aged 45, who settled in America from Berlin, in 1903
  • Paul Weese, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Leigenhals, Germany, in 1908
  • Arthur Weese, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States from Switzerland, Bern, in 1915
  • Klara Weese, aged 65, who landed in America from Wolfensdorf, Germany, in 1920


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  • Harry Mohr Weese (1915-1998), American architect
  • Benjamin Horace "Ben" Weese (b. 1929), American architect
  • Norris Lee Weese (1951-1995), American college and NFL quarterback
  • John Aaron Weese (b. 1891), Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons


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The Weese Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weese 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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