Show ContentsWagener History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German territory of Silesia is the noble birthplace of the surname Wagener. The name is derived from the Middle High German term "wagener," meaning "one who drives or makes wagons," and would likely have been initially borne by a wheelwright or carriage maker. [1]

Early Origins of the Wagener family

The surname Wagener was first found in Liegnitz, where Nitsche wayner (wagener) was recorded in 1372. [1]

In medieval times the feudal lord often owned several manors and it was necessary to transport produce from one place to another by two-wheeled, horse-drawn carts. The "wagener" would have been a member of the lord's household responsible for this carriage of goods. References to this name in written records occur as early as the thirteenth century when the "Wurttembergisches Urkundenbuch" makes mention of one Bertoldus dictus Wagenare residing in Eriskirch at that time. Later, the "Mittelhochdeutsches Namenbuch" notes two brothers, Henricus and Berchtoldus, who were styled Wagenere, natives of Freiburg.

The famed composer and conductor Richard Wagner (1813-1883), best known for his four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) hailed from Leipzig, Upper Saxon.

Early History of the Wagener family

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Wagener Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wagner, Wegner, Wagoner, Wagener, Waganer, Waggener and many more.

Early Notables of the Wagener family

Notables of the period with the surname Wagener were Gabriel Wagner (c.1660-c.1717), a radical German philosopher and materialist who wrote under the nom-de-plume Realis de Vienna; Heinrich Leopold Wagner (1747-1779), who was a German dramatist of the Storm and Stress period. The most famous Wagner is unquestionably Richard Wagner (1813-1883)...
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United States Wagener migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wagener Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Paulus Wagener, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710 [2]
  • Abraham Wagener, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [2]
  • Johan Wagener, aged 16, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
  • Peter Wagener, aged 16, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
  • Andrew Wagener, who arrived in New Jersey in 1763-1765 [2]
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Wagener Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Friedrich Wagener, aged 27, who arrived in America in 1844 [2]
  • Mr. Hermann Wagener, German who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1846 aboard the ship "Element"
  • Mr. Joh. Jost. Wagener, German who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1846 aboard the ship "Element"
  • Mr. Joh. Hein. Wagener, German who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1846 aboard the ship "York"
  • John Wagener, aged 26, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1847 [2]
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Canada Wagener migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wagener Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Barbara Wagener, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Henrich Wagener, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mana Wagener, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Margereta Wagener, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Maria Wagener, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
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Contemporary Notables of the name Wagener (post 1700) +

  • David Douglas Wagener (1792-1860), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • George Wagener, American politician from New York in the 1800s
  • Joachim Heinrich Wilhelm Wagener (1782-1861), German banker and patron of the arts
  • Leutnant Werner Wagener (b. 1894), German World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories
  • Carl Wagener (1901-1988), German Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Pater Sigbert Wagener OFMCap (1919-2004), German Capuchin priest, a teacher, a scientist and naturalist
  • Otto Wagener (1888-1971), German major general
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Hermann Wagener (1815-1889), Prussian jurist, chief editor of the Kreuzzeitung

Bismarck
  • Richard Wägener (1921-1941), 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 [3]
  • Joachim Wagener (1920-1941), German Fähnrich (W) who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Dietrich Wagener (1920-1941), German Sanitätsobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]


  1. Bahlow, Hans, Dictionary of German Names. translated by Edda Gentry, Wisconsin: The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7)
  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. 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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