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The German surname Wahlberg emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. In the Middle Ages, many of the Saxon lands were a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Wahlberg family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Wahlberg was an occupational name for an elector. In medieval Germany, electors were the ecclesiastical and temporal princes who elected the Holy Roman Emperor. Ancient records reveal the name Wahlberg is derived from the Old German word wala, which means choice.


The surname Wahlberg was first found in Oldenburg, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the prominent families of these regions. From the 13th century on the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the Prussian nation. Chronicles first mention J. Wale of Greifswald, Pomerania in 1322 and Gerd Waler of Anklam in 1406, but the oldest branches of the family are mentioned as having their seat in Oldenburg and even earlier in nearby Doetlingen.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wahle, Wahlen, Wahler, Wahls, Wahlers, Waler and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wahlberg research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1753 and 1753 are included under the topic Early Wahlberg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wahlberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Caspar Wahl, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754; many others followed in 1842; 1844; 1855; 1871; and 1898. Melchior Wahl came with his wife Anna Clara and their two children to Philadelphia in 1808.


  • Robert G. Wahlberg (b. 1967), American actor
  • Donald Edmond "Donnie" Wahlberg (b. 1969), American two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated actor and singer, founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block
  • Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (b. 1971), two-time American Academy Award nominated actor, producer, businessman, best known for his work on Boogie Nights (1997), The Fighter (2010) and Lone Survivor (2013)
  • Gideon Wahlberg (1890-1948), Swedish actor, screenwriter, film director and theater manager
  • Christina Wahlberg (b. 1943), Swedish fencer in the women's individual foil event at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Johan August Wahlberg (1810-1856), Swedish naturalist and explorer
  • Peter Fredrik Wahlberg (1800-1877), Swedish entomologist and professor at the University College of Stockholm
  • David Emanuel Wahlberg (1882-1949), Swedish sports writer and editor who covered the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Julia Wahlberg (b. 1995), Swedish footballer

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    Other References

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    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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    The Wahlberg Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Wahlberg Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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