Show ContentsWannamaker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Wannamaker name is derived from the Middle High German word "wanne," which was a type of basket. The surname is of occupational origin for a maker or seller of winnowing fans, which were baskets used to clean grain.

Early Origins of the Wannamaker family

The surname Wannamaker was first found in Germany, where the name Wannamaker came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. A bearer of Wanner is on record in Isny in the year 1250. Documents from 1301 show a Rudolf genannt (called) Wanner, who was an assessor at the court of Esslingen. Families of this name later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.

Early History of the Wannamaker family

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Wannamaker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wanner, Waner, Wanler, Wenner, Wanen, Wanern, Wönner, Weiner, Wienner, Wonnen, Winner, Weynner, Wuynner, Weynen, Wansen, Wenser, Wannamaker, Wannameiker, Wennmaker, Wannamacher, Wannemacher and many more.

Early Notables of the Wannamaker family (pre 1700)

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Wannamaker Ranking

In the United States, the name Wannamaker is the 17,935th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Wannamaker migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wannamaker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Wannamaker, age 24. who arrived at the port of Philadelphi in 1738
  • Jacob Wannamaker, aged 24, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]

Canada Wannamaker migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wannamaker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Wannamaker U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Maugerville, Sunbury County, New Brunswick c. 1784 she relocated from her husbands land grant, remarried at a later date to Sgt. John Post [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wannamaker (post 1700) +

  • William Whetstone III Wannamaker, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1960, 1972 [4]
  • William Whetstone Wannamaker Jr. (b. 1900), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1956, 1960; Member of Republican National Committee from South Carolina, 1956-66 [4]
  • Julius Wannamaker, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Anderson, South Carolina, 1930-32 (acting, 1930-32) [4]
  • J. B. Wannamaker, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1940 [4]
  • Lewis William Wannamaker (b. 1924), American biochemist who co-won the Robert Koch Prize in 1980
  • Ian Wannamaker (b. 1981), Canadian-born, New Zealand ice hockey player for the Ice Blacks, the New Zealand National Team

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from on Facebook