Wachsmuth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Wachsmuth family

The surname Wachsmuth 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 Wachsmuth family

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Wachsmuth Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Wachsmuth include Wachsmuth, Wachsmund, Wassmuth, Wasmuth, Wassmann and others.

Early Notables of the Wachsmuth family (pre 1700)

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United States Wachsmuth migration to the United States +

Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Wachsmuth were

Wachsmuth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Vincent Wachsmuth, who settled in Philadelphia in 1828
  • Frederick Wachsmuth, who settled in Philadelphia in 1844

Contemporary Notables of the name Wachsmuth (post 1700) +

  • Charles Wachsmuth (1829-1896), German-born, American paleontologist, member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Toni Wachsmuth (b. 1986), German footballer
  • Ipke Wachsmuth (b. 1950), German computer scientist within the fields of artificial intelligence and cognitive science
  • Guenther Wachsmuth (1893-1963), German jurist, economist, anthroposophist, author and first Secretary and Treasurer of the Anthroposophical Society
  • Bruno Wachsmuth, prominent Germanist and Goethe scholar

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