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There are several possible origins for the name Weidman 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.

Weidman Early Origins



The surname Weidman was first found in Westphalia, where the name Weidman 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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Weidman Spelling Variations


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Weidman Spelling Variations



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

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Weidman Early History


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Weidman Early History



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

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Weidman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Weidman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weidman 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:

Weidman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Matthias Weidman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Magdalena Weidman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Magdalene Weidman, aged 49, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Abraham Weidman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Jacob Weidman, aged 5, landed in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Weidman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Leonhard Weidman, aged 13, landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Barbara Weidman, aged 43, landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Johann Weidman, aged 53, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Johannes Weidman, aged 42, landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • William Weidman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Weidman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Weidman (post 1700)



  • Thomas J. Weidman, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 16th District, 1978
  • Louis Weidman Jr., American Republican politician, Postmaster at Beech Grove, Indiana, 1959-61 (acting, 1959-61)
  • Evan S. Weidman (d. 1949), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1932
  • John Weidman (b. 1946), American librettist and staff writer for Sesame Street
  • Jerome Weidman (1913-1998), American playwright and novelist
  • Charles Weidman (1901-1975), American dancer and choreographer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    5. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Weidman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weidman 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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