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The surname Weis is a Bavarian nickname surname. German nicknames came from eke-names, or added names, and tended to describe a physical characteristic or other attribute of their initial bearer. Weis is a name for a person who had a pale complexion or fair colored hair. The surname Weis was derived from the German word weises, which meant white.

Weis Early Origins



The surname Weis was first found in Bavaria, where the name gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Chronicles first mention Nicolaus Weiser of Iglau in Bohemia in 1378.

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Weis Spelling Variations


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Weis Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Weis include Weise, Weis, Weiser, Wise and others.

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Weis Early History


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Weis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weis research. Another 359 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1867, 1830, 1852, 1840, 1844, 1798, 1841, 1842, 1642, 1708, 1810 and 1867 are included under the topic Early Weis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Weis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Weis Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Weis in this period include Christian Weise (1642-1708), who was a renowned German author of moral tragedies, poetry, and comedies; and Baron Carl Gottlieb Weis (b.1810), departmental head at the Austrian...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weis 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



European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Weiss to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Weis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mathias Weis, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Stephan Weis, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Jacob Weis, who came to Philadelphia in 1728
  • Johann Weis arrived in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Casper Weis, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Weis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christ Gottl Weis, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Johann Weis, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Franz Weis, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Heinrich Weis, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1848
  • Georg Andreas Weis, aged 55, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Weis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Weis (post 1700)



  • Samuel Washington Weis (1870-1956), American cotton broker, painter and sketch artist
  • Joseph F. Weis Jr. (1923-2014), American senior judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • John Ellsworth Weis (1892-1962), American painter
  • Danny Weis (b. 1948), American guitarist, founding member of both Iron Butterfly and Rhinoceros
  • Albert John Weis (b. 1938), American former Major League Baseball infielder from Franklin Square, New York
  • Heinz Weis (b. 1963), German former hammer thrower

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Suggested Readings for the name Weis


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Suggested Readings for the name Weis



  • The Ancestry of the Children of John Peter Carl Weis and Georgina Lewis by Frederick Lewis Weis.

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Weis Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    7. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    11. ...

    The Weis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weis 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 September 2016 at 09:40.

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