Waldheim History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Waldheim is a local name from the German region of Westphalia. Local names and other types of hereditary surnames began to be used in Germany after the 12th century. They were derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name lived. Sometimes local names bear the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". This was originally an indication of land-ownership, and was sometimes a mark of aristocracy. The family originally lived near a forest. The name Waldheim is derived from the Germanic word wald, which meant forest and the Old German word heim, which means settlement or homestead.

Early Origins of the Waldheim family

The surname Waldheim was first found in Westphalia, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the national conflicts of the territories of Germany. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

Early History of the Waldheim family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waldheim research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1518, 1649, 1518 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Waldheim History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Waldheim Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Waldheim include Waldheim, Waldenheim, Walderheim, Waltheim and others.

Early Notables of the Waldheim family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waldheim Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Waldheim migration to the United States +

After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:

Waldheim Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Friedr Waldheim, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Friedrich Waldheim, who settled in New York in 1835
  • Philip Waldheim, who settled in New York in 1851

Contemporary Notables of the name Waldheim (post 1700) +

  • Elisabeth "Sissy" Waldheim (1922-2017), Austrian political figure, First Lady (1986–1992)
  • Kurt Waldheim (1918-2007), General Secretary of the U.N., elected President of the Austrian Republic


  1. ^ 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)


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