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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weese 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 Weese History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weese Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 emigrated to the United States from Leigenhals, Germany, in 1908
  • Arthur Weese, aged 46, who emigrated 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 Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Weese, Hannah Weese, Jemima Weese, were on record in Prince Edward County, Ontario in 1861
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  • Rae Weese, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 2004
  • Jeanette Weese, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1972
  • Dennis Weese, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 2004
  • 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
  • John Aaron Weese (b. 1891), Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons
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    Other References

    1. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
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