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The German territory of Silesia is the noble birthplace of the surname Wegner. The name is derived from the Middle High German term "wagener," meaning "one who drives or makes wagons," and would likely have been initially borne by a wheelwright or carriage maker.

Wegner Early Origins



The surname Wegner was first found in Saxony, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Prominent in social affairs, the name became an important part of these turbulent regions as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Wegner Spelling Variations


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Wegner Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wagner, Wegner, Wagoner, Wagener, Waganer, Waggener and many more.

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Wegner Early History


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Wegner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wegner research. Another 519 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1656, 1845, 1812, 1762, 1742, 1745, 1660, 1717, 1747, 1779, 1813, 1883, 1869 and 1930 are included under the topic Early Wegner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wegner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wegner Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Wegner at this time were Gabriel Wagner (c.1660-c.1717), a radical German philosopher and materialist who wrote under the nom-de-plume Realis de Vienna; Heinrich Leopold Wagner (1747-1779), who was a German dramatist of the Storm and Stress period. The most famous Wagner is unquestionably Richard Wagner...

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wegner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wegner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Wegner, who landed in America in 1731
  • Sebastian Wegner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Kunrath Wegner, who landed in Massachusetts in 1753
  • Jacob Wegner, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1758
  • Henrich Wegner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wegner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Wegner, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850
  • Dorothea Wegner, who landed in America in 1843
  • Friedrich Wegner, aged 25, arrived in America in 1843
  • Luise Wegner, aged 31, landed in America in 1843
  • Marie Hopfner Wegner, aged 43, arrived in America in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wegner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wegner (post 1700)



  • Otto A. Wegner, American politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Brown County 2nd District, 1938
  • Herman B. Wegner (b. 1891), American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County 16th District, 1933-44
  • Earl Edward Wegner, American politician, Mayor of Pullman, Washington, 1927-30
  • Conrad F. Wegner, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Darien, 1932
  • Peter Wegner (b. 1963), American artist
  • Peter Wegner (b. 1932), American computer scientist, early object-oriented programming (OOP) pioneer
  • Oscar Wegner (b. 1939), American tennis coach
  • Josef William Wegner (b. 1967), American Egyptologist and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Daniel Wegner (1948-2013), Canadian-born, American experimental psychologist, professor of psychology at Harvard University
  • Kurt Wegner (1908-1985), German artist
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    4. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wegner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wegner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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