The surname Deweis 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. Deweis is a name for a person who had a pale complexion or fair colored hair. The surname Deweis was derived from the German word weises, which meant white.
Early Origins of the Deweis family
The surname Deweis 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 Deweis family
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Deweis 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 Deweis include Weise, Weis, Weiser, Wise and others.
Early Notables of the Deweis family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Deweis in this period include Christian Weise (1642-1708), who was a renowned German author of moral tragedies, poetry, and comedies; and Baron
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Migration of the Deweis family to the New World and Oceana
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant
farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Deweis surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Jacob Weis, who came to Philadelphia in 1728. Johann Weis arrived in 1731; Martin Weis in 1750; and Ulrich Weis in 1741. Adam Weis arrived in Maryland in 1760. Carl August Weise came to Texas in 1854.