Wideman Surname History

The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the name Wideman. Wideman was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, often attaching the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from", in some cases as a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Wideman was a name for someone who lived in the area that was referred to as widem which was originally derived from the German word denoting church property. Thus the estates or farms lived in by the original bearers of the surname were owned by the church. In early times the Church was the largest landowner in Europe. Many farmers and peasants alike lived on land that was considered church property.

Early Origins of the Wideman family

The surname Wideman was first found in the Palatinate in the Rhineland valley, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and many leaders sought their support in their search for power.

Early History of the Wideman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wideman research. Another 316 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1638, 1639, 1642, 1646, 1667, 1675, 1687, 1712, 1719, 1724, 1730, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Wideman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wideman Spelling Variations

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 Wideman include Widmann, Widman, Widemann, Wideman, Witmann, Witman, Wittmann, Wittman, Whitman and many more.

Early Notables of the Wideman family (pre 1700)

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Wideman Ranking

In the United States, the name Wideman is the 9,270th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Wideman migration to the United States +

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Wideman, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Wideman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Caspar Wideman and Christopher Wideman, who settled in Philadelphia in 1739
  • Casper Wideman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 [2]
  • Henderick Wideman, aged 20, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [2]
  • Christ Wilhelm Wideman, who landed in Massachusetts in 1751 [2]
  • Christian Wideman, who arrived in New England in 1751 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Wideman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wideman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Philip Wideman, who arrived in Canada in 1836

Contemporary Notables of the name Wideman (post 1700) +

  • John Edgar Wideman (b. 1941), American writer, professor, and Rhodes Scholar
  • Melissa Wideman, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2004 [3]
  • Lucy J. Wideman, American politician, Delegate to Alabama convention to ratify 21st amendment from Jefferson County, 1933 [3]
  • E. C. Wideman Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964 [3]
  • Lydia Wideman (1920-2019), Finish gold medalist cross-country skier at the 1952 Winter Olympics

  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 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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