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

The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Weinberg family. Weinberg is a local name, first used as a surname for someone who lived near a vineyard on a hillside. The name Weinberg was originally derived from the Old German word Winberc, which is composed of the elements win, meaning wine and berc, meaning hill. The surname Weinberg is also an occupational name for a person who worked in a vineyard. In Bavaria, the Weinberg family possessed vast estates and lived in an elegant feudal manor.

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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 Weinberg include Weinberg, Weinburg, Weinberger, Weinsberg, Weinsperg and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it 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 Weinberg research. Another 255 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1690, 1819 and 1819 are included under the topic Early Weinberg History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weinberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Weinbergs to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Weinberg Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Koenraet Weinberg, who landed in New York in 1709
  • J Martin Weinberg, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

Weinberg Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Julius Weinberg, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Gustaf Edward Weinberg came to New York city in 1842
  • Gustaf Edward Weinberg, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1842
  • Meyer Weinberg, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • George Weinberg, who landed in Hancock County, Miss in 1856


Weinberg Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Max Weinberg, who arrived in Mississippi in 1900

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  • Alvin M Weinberg (1915-2006), prominent nuclear physicist, member of the President's Science Advisory Committee
  • Steven Weinberg (b. 1933), American physicist, shared the Nobel Prize for Physics (1979)
  • Robert Allan Weinberg (b. 1942), American biochemist and winner of the National Medal of Science in 1997 and the Wolf Prize in Medicine in 2004
  • Gerhard Ludwig Weinberg (b. 1928), German-born American diplomatic and military historian
  • Gerald Marvin Weinberg (b. 1933), American computer scientist, author and teacher
  • Felix Jiri Weinberg FRS (b. 1928), British physicist


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  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Weinberg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weinberg 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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