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Where did the German Waisner family come from? What is the German Waisner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Waisner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Waisner family history?

The surname Waisner 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. Waisner is a name for a person who had a pale complexion or fair colored hair. The surname Waisner was derived from the German word weises, which meant white.

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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 Waisner include Weise, Weis, Weiser, Wise and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waisner research. Another 359 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1867, 1830, 1852, 1840, 1844, 1798, 1841, 1842, 1642, 1708, 1810 and 1867 are included under the topic Early Waisner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 125 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waisner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Waisner or a variant listed above: 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.

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The Waisner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waisner 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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