There are several possible origins for the name Weidema because the German word "weide" from which it originates has three quite different definitions. Firstly, it means "willow," implying that the first bearer could have been someone who lived near a large or notable willow tree; many surnames in Germany
and most other European countries were taken from some noteworthy feature near the person's house. Secondly, it means "grazing," implying that the name may have been taken because the first bearer lived near good grazing lands. Lastly, the word also means "hunting"; this could mean that the man was a hunter, or it could mean that he lived near well-known hunting grounds.
Early Origins of the Weidema family
The surname Weidema was first found in Westphalia
, where the name Weidema emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Weidema family
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Weidema Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Weide, Weid, Weiden, Waide, Weidler, Weidman, Weidmann, Weidtler, Widmann, Wiede, Wiedmann, Wiedemann and many more.
Early Notables of the Weidema family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Weidema family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: George Adam Weidel who came to Pennsylvania in 1729; and Dichius Weidner, who settled there in 1729.