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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Woellwarth (Hamburg), Woellwerth, Wollwerth, Woellwurth, Wellenwerte, Wellenwerth, Wollenwerth, Wollenwarth, Wohlwerth, Wohlenwerth, Wohlert, Woehlwerth, Woehlert and many more.

First found in Swabia and Franconia, where the name appeared as early as the year 1136. Chronicles mention the brothers Eberhard and Otto von Wellenwarte members of a dynasty already long standing in the region. The ancestral castle lay in the Woernitz valley near Homburg, and the founder of the modern lines of the family is usually taken to be Georg I von Woellwarth (1366-1409). The older son of Georg founded the Fachsenfelder line, while the younger son founded the main branch known as the Lauterberger line. They contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into even more houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woehlwerth research. Another 224 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1746, 1800, 1802, 1810, and 1867 are included under the topic Early Woehlwerth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 30 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woehlwerth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christian Woehlert, who settled in Texas in 1845. Theodore Woehlert came to Philadelphia in 1880.

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