Waxman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Waxman surname was a popular Old German personal name (pre-surnames) that meant "of a sharp mind."

Early Origins of the Waxman family

The surname Waxman was first found in the regions of northern Germany, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society of Europe. The name Wachsmann became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles first mention Heinrich Wachsmut of Mergthal in 1311. The wandering minstrels Wachsmout von Kuenzich and Wahsmuot von Muelnhusen became renowned in the same period. Another famous bearer of this name was the character Wahsmuot in the "Dietrich Saga," who was the brother of Wolfdietrich.

Early History of the Waxman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waxman research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1715, 1730, 1735, 1816, and 1836 are included under the topic Early Waxman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Waxman Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Waxman include Wachsmuth, Wachsmund, Wassmuth, Wasmuth, Wassmann and others.

Early Notables of the Waxman family (pre 1700)

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United States Waxman migration to the United States +

Since medieval times, the state of Prussia has played an important part in the history of Germany. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Waxman or a variant listed above:

Waxman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fred Waxman went to Iowa in 1883
Waxman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Leon Waxman immigrated to Arkansas in 1905
  • Leon Waxman, who landed in Arkansas in 1905 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Waxman (post 1700) +

  • Seth Paul Waxman (b. 1951), American Democrat politician, U.S. Solicitor General, 1997-2001 [2]
  • Irving I. Waxman, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 30th District, 1960 [2]
  • Henry Arnold Waxman (b. 1939), American Democrat politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1969-74; U.S. Representative from California, 1975-2008 [2]


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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