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

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Woerster family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Woerster is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a person who made sausages, a skill which has been held in high regard since the Middle Ages. The surname Woerster is derived from the Old German word Wurst, or Wurstmacher, which denotes a sausage-maker.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Woerster include Wurster, Wursten, Wurstel, Wurstere, Wurstle, Wurst, Wuester, Wuersten, Wuestel, Wuestere, Wuerstle, Wuerst, Worster, Worsten, Worstel, Worstere, Worstle, Worst, Woerster, Woersten, Woerstel, Woerstere, Woerstle and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the Wurster family held a family seat from ancient times. Their allegiances were sought eagerly by princes of the region in attempts to enhance and consolidate their political power.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woerster research. Another 142 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1746 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Woerster History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Woerster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Woerster surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Worster arrived in Virginia in 1635; Rebeca Worster arrived in New England in 1656; Peter Worster arrived in New York, New York in 1663; Hans Worster arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738.

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