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

The German territory of Silesia is the noble birthplace of the surname Wehner. The name is derived from the Middle High German term "wagener," meaning "one who drives or makes wagons," and would likely have been initially borne by a wheelwright or carriage maker.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Wagner, Wegner, Wagoner, Wagener, Waganer, Waggener and many more.

First found in Saxony, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Prominent in social affairs, the name became an important part of these turbulent regions as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wehner research. Another 519 words(37 lines of text) covering the years 1656, 1845, 1812, 1762, 1742, 1745, 1660, 1717, 1747, 1779, 1813, 1883, 1869 and 1930 are included under the topic Early Wehner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 179 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wehner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wehner Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joh Gottlieb Wehner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1746

Wehner Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • August Wehner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1851
  • John Wehner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Fried richa Wehner, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1858
  • Clemens Wehner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869
  • Gustav Wehner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872


Wehner Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Carl Wehner, aged 32, who arrived in America, in 1901
  • August Wehner, aged 26, who arrived in America from Kargenburg, Germany, in 1910
  • Andraas Wehner, aged 29, who arrived in America from Premish, Germany, in 1912
  • Andreas Wehner, aged 22, who arrived in America from Wuerzburg, Germany, in 1923
  • Anna Katharina Wehner, aged 39, who arrived in America from Koln, Mulheim, Germany, in 1923


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  • John Paul Wehner (b. 1967), American former Major League Baseball Utility player, current broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Joseph Frank "Fritz" Wehner (1895-1918), American two-time Distinguished Service Cross awarded fighter pilot and wingman to the fighter ace Frank Luke
  • Herbert Richard Wehner (1906-1990), German politician, Federal Minister of Intra-German Relations (1966-1969)
  • Kay Wehner (b. 1971), German former football goalkeeper who played from 1990 to 2007
  • Stephanie Wehner, German physicist and computer scientist at the Centre for Quantum Technologies
  • Josef Magnus Wehner (1891-1973), German writer and playwright
  • Alejandro Wehner, Argentinian film director in the 1950s


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