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 Wahlen 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 Wahlen 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 Wahlen is derived from the Old German word wala, which means choice.
Early Origins of the Wahlen family
Early History of the Wahlen family
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Wahlen Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Wahle, Wahlen, Wahler, Wahls, Wahlers, Waler and many more.
Early Notables of the Wahlen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wahlen family to the New World and Oceana
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Wahlen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Wahlen (post 1700)
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