Weese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Weese 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. Weese is a name for a person who had a pale complexion or fair colored hair. The surname Weese was derived from the German word weises, which meant white.
Early Origins of the Weese family
The surname Weese was 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.
Early History of the Weese family
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Weese Spelling Variations
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 Weese include Weise, Weis, Weiser, Wise and others.
Early Notables of the Weese family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Weese in this period include Christian Weise (1642-1708), who was a renowned German author of moral tragedies, poetry, and comedies; and Baron Carl Gottlieb Weis (b.1810), departmental head at the Austrian...
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In the United States, the name Weese is the 7,865th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Weese migration to the United States +
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Weese surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Weese Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ernst Weese, aged 26, who landed in America from Berlin, in 1903
- Josef Weese, aged 45, who settled in America from Berlin, in 1903
- Paul Weese, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Leigenhals, Germany, in 1908
- Arthur Weese, aged 46, who immigrated to the United States from Switzerland, Bern, in 1915
- Klara Weese, aged 65, who landed in America from Wolfensdorf, Germany, in 1920
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Weese migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Weese Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Weese, Hannah Weese, Jemima Weese, were on record in Prince Edward County, Ontario in 1861
Contemporary Notables of the name Weese (post 1700) +
- Norris Lee Weese (1951-1995), American college and NFL quarterback
- Benjamin Horace "Ben" Weese (b. 1929), American architect
- Harry Mohr Weese (1915-1998), American architect
- Clinton B. De Weese, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1912 
- Rae Weese, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 2004 
- Jeanette Weese, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1972 
- Dennis Weese, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 2004 
- John Aaron Weese (b. 1891), Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons
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