Weise Surname History

The surname Weise is a Bavarian nickname surname. German nicknames came from eke-names, or added names, and tended to describe a physical characteristic or other attribute of their initial bearer. Weise is a name for a person who had a pale complexion or fair colored hair. The surname Weise was derived from the German word weises, which meant white.

Early Origins of the Weise family

The surname Weise was first found in Bavaria, where the name gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Chronicles first mention Nicolaus Weiser of Iglau in Bohemia in 1378.

Early History of the Weise family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weise research. Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1867, 1830, 1852, 1840, 1844, 1798, 1841, 1842, 1642, 1708, 1810 and 1867 are included under the topic Early Weise History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Weise 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 Weise include Weise, Weis, Weiser, Wise and others.

Early Notables of the Weise family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Weise in this period include Christian Weise (1642-1708), who was a renowned German author of moral tragedies, poetry, and comedies; and Baron Carl Gottlieb Weis (b.1810), departmental head at the Austrian...
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Weise Ranking

In the United States, the name Weise is the 6,621st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Weise migration to the United States +

Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Weise or a variant listed above:

Weise Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Jacob Weise, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]
  • Johan Michael Weise, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [2]
  • Johan Michael Weise, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1755
Weise Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Christ Weise, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1800 [2]
  • Godfrey Weise, who landed in Maryland in 1819 [2]
  • Frederick Weise, who landed in Maryland in 1827 [2]
  • Georg Weise, aged 27, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Emilie Weise, aged 23, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Weise migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Weise Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Frederick Weise, British convict who was convicted in London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Cornwall" on 28th February 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Weise (post 1700) +

  • Dietrich Weise (1934-2020), German footballer and football manager
  • Wolfgang Weise (b. 1949), German silver medalist volleyball player at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Hubert Weise (1884-1950), German Generaloberst in the Luftwaffe during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Markus Weise (b. 1962), German field hockey coach
  • Konrad Weise (b. 1951), German football player
  • Julius Weise (1844-1925), German entomologist
  • Dale Weise (b. 1988), Canadian professional ice hockey player

Bismarck
  • Rolf Weise (1922-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]
  • Paul Weise (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cornwall
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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