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

There are several possible origins for the name Weidemann because the German word "weide" from which it originates has three quite different definitions. Firstly, it means "willow," implying that the first bearer could have been someone who lived near a large or notable willow tree; many surnames in Germany and most other European countries were taken from some noteworthy feature near the person's house. Secondly, it means "grazing," implying that the name may have been taken because the first bearer lived near good grazing lands. Lastly, the word also means "hunting"; this could mean that the man was a hunter, or it could mean that he lived near well-known hunting grounds.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Weide, Weid, Weiden, Waide, Weidler, Weidman, Weidmann, Weidtler, Widmann, Wiede, Wiedmann, Wiedemann and many more.

First found in Westphalia, where the name Weidemann emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weidemann research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1686 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Weidemann History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weidemann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weidemann Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Bernh Weidemann, who landed in America in 1844
  • Otto Weidemann, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Gustav F Weidemann, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Christoph Weidemann, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860

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  5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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  7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
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The Weidemann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weidemann 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.

This page was last modified on 15 September 2014 at 07:59.

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