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

The surname Weiler is a local surname; it is derived from the Latin word vilare, which means farmstead. This makes Weiler a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other category of surnames; they were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Weiler, Weiller, Weilert, Wyler and others.

First found in Upper Swabia, where the name came from aristocratic origins, and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. The name is derived from the Latin form "vilare" meaning farmstead. It was taken on by an ancient baronial dynasty, whose founding member appears as early as 813. This man was Hermann von Weiler, whom chronicles mention as being present at the founding of the monastery of St. George in the Black Forest. This line became known as Weiler zu Weiler (a city near Heilbronn,) and many members held the position of Priori of the cloister Weiler in Blauthale which the family founded in the 11th century. Burkhard Weiler was the Abbot of Sinsheim in 1468, Wolf von Weiler (1508-1585) accompanied Duke Christoph von Wuerttemberg on a campaign in France, and Dietrich von Weiler (1542-1602,) the chief steward and private tutor to the Duke of Wuerttemberg, united all the various estates of numerous branches into his own hands. 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weiler research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1776, 1790, 1804, 1807, 1812, and 1835 are included under the topic Early Weiler History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weiler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weiler Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Weiler, who immigrated with his wife and their three children to America in 1709
  • Martin Weiler came to Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Lorentz Weiler came to Philadelphia in 1749
  • Lorentz Weiler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Barnard Laubers Weiler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751

Weiler Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Weiler, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1843
  • Franz Weiler, who landed in Illinois in 1848
  • Mary R Weiler, who arrived in New York in 1852
  • Abraham Weiler, aged 13, arrived in New York in 1858
  • Emanuel Weiler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871


  • Dale Weiler (b. 1985), American soccer player
  • Lance Weiler, American filmmaker and writer
  • Wayne Weiler (1934-2005), American racecar driver
  • Simone Weiler (b. 1978), German gold medalist swimmer at the 2002 European Aquatics Championships
  • Sepp Weiler (1921-1997), West German ski jumper at the 1952 Winter Olympics
  • Walter Weiler (1903-1975), Swiss footballer
  • Lucien Weiler (b. 1951), Luxembourgian politician and jurist, President of the Chamber of Deputies (2004-2009)


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