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

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Woerstle family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Woerstle 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 Woerstle 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 Woerstle 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 Woerstle research. Another 142 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1746 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Woerstle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Woerstle 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 Woerstles to arrive in North America, and among them were: 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 Woerstle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woerstle 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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