Weisz Surname History

The surname Weisz is a topographic local name; it is derived from a physical feature of the geography near where the original bearer lived or held land. In this case, the name is derived from the Old German word wisa, which means meadow. The original bearer lived on or near an open meadow.

Early Origins of the Weisz family

The surname Weisz was first found in Silesia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Weisz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weisz research. Another 250 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1333, 1350, 1450, 1456, 1500, 1690, 1702, and 1821 are included under the topic Early Weisz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Weisz Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wiese, Wies, Wieser, Wiesen, Wiesa (Silesia), Wiesener, Wiesner, Wisener and many more.

Early Notables of the Weisz family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weisz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Weisz Ranking

In the United States, the name Weisz is the 16,284th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Weisz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weisz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Stephen Weisz, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709 [2]
  • Regula Weisz, who landed in Carolina in 1734 [2]
Weisz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Weisz, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806 [2]
  • John Frederick Weisz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [2]
Weisz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Abraham Weisz, aged 34, who immigrated to America from Buhovinka, Hungary, in 1902
  • Weisz, aged 24, who landed in America from Morva, in 1907
  • Adolf Weisz, aged 45, who settled in America from Budapest, Hungary, in 1907
  • Abraham Weisz, aged 17, who landed in America from K. Sandorfalva, Hungary, in 1909
  • Adolf Weisz, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Weisz (post 1700) +

  • Ezra Weisz (b. 1971), American voice actor, better known as Ethan Murray
  • Melvin Weisz, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952; Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 10th District, 1959 [3]
  • Erik Weisz (1874-1926), birth name of Hungarian-born, American magician best known by the stage name Harry Houdini, the legendary illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his incredible escape acts
  • Rachel Hannah Weisz (b. 1971), English Academy Award winning actress, known for The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Fountain (2006) [4]
  • Franziska Weisz (b. 1980), Austrian actress, known for The Robber (2010), Hotel (2004) and Dog Days (2001)
  • Berthold Weisz (b. 1845), Hungarian politician who represented the district of Nagyajta in the Hungarian Parliament of 1896, founder Danubius Dockyards in Budapest
  • Richard Weisz (1879-1945), Hungarian Olympic gold medalist for wrestling at the 1908 games
  • Victor Weisz (1913-1966), German-British political cartoonist, drawing under the name of Vicky

RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Mathilde Françoise Weisz, (née Pëde), aged 37, English Second Class passenger from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 10 [5]
  • Mr. Leopold Weisz (d. 1912), aged 28, English Second Class passenger from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [5]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Rachel Weisz. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Rachel Weisz. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Weisz
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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