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There are several possible origins for the name Weidemann 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.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Weide, Weid, Weiden, Waide, Weidler, Weidman, Weidmann, Weidtler, Widmann, Wiede, Wiedmann, Wiedemann and many more.

First found in Westphalia, where the name Weidemann 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weidemann research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1686 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Weidemann History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weidemann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weidemann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Bernh Weidemann, who landed in America in 1844
  • Otto Weidemann, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Gustav F Weidemann, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Christoph Weidemann, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860

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  • Thomas Weidemann, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940
  • Frank Weidemann, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1928
  • Erich Weidemann, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 29th District, 1960


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  1. 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).
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  3. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Weidemann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weidemann 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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