Weidmann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are several possible origins for the name Weidmann 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 Weidmann family

The surname Weidmann was first found in Westphalia, where the name Weidmann 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 Weidmann family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weidmann research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1686 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Weidmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Weidmann Spelling Variations

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 Weidmann family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Weidmann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Weidmann migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weidmann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Weidmann, who landed in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Hans Weidmann, who arrived in Carolina in 1734 [1]
  • Anna Weidmann, who landed in Carolina in 1734 [1]
  • Rudolf Weidmann, who landed in Carolina in 1734 [1]
  • Verena Weidmann, who landed in Carolina in 1734 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Weidmann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ludwig Weidmann, who landed in North America in 1838 [1]
  • Jakob Weidmann, who arrived in North America in 1838 [1]
  • Adam Weidmann, aged 33, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1844 [1]
  • Johann Weidmann, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1848 [1]
  • Sebastian Weidmann, aged 32, who arrived in America in 1852 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Weidmann (post 1700) +

  • Adolf Weidmann (1901-1997), German athlete and sports official
  • Jens Weidmann (b. 1968), German economist and president of the Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Manfred Weidmann (b. 1945), retired German footballer
  • Giuseppe Weidmann (1742-1810), Austrian drama actor
  • Karl Weidmann (b. 1931), Swiss silver medalist rower at the 1952 Summer Olympics


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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