Wasmuth Surname History

The Wasmuth surname was a popular Old German personal name (pre-surnames) that meant "of a sharp mind."

Early Origins of the Wasmuth family

The surname Wasmuth was first found in the regions of northern Germany, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society of Europe. The name Wachsmann became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles first mention Heinrich Wachsmut of Mergthal in 1311. The wandering minstrels Wachsmout von Kuenzich and Wahsmuot von Muelnhusen became renowned in the same period. Another famous bearer of this name was the character Wahsmuot in the "Dietrich Saga," who was the brother of Wolfdietrich.

Early History of the Wasmuth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wasmuth research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1715, 1730, 1735, 1816, and 1836 are included under the topic Early Wasmuth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wasmuth Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Wasmuth include Wachsmuth, Wachsmund, Wassmuth, Wasmuth, Wassmann and others.

Early Notables of the Wasmuth family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Wasmuth family

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Frederick Wachsmuth, who came to Philadelphia in 1844; Vincent Wachsmuth came to the same city in 1828.


Contemporary Notables of the name Wasmuth (post 1700) +

  • Edmund M. Wasmuth, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1904 [1]
  • E. M. Wasmuth, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1940 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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