The surname Weisberg 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. Weisberg is a name for a person who had a pale complexion or fair colored hair. The surname Weisberg was derived from the German word weises, which meant white.
Early Origins of the Weisberg family
The surname Weisberg 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.
Early History of the Weisberg family
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Weisberg 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 Weisberg include Weise, Weis, Weiser, Wise and others.
Early Notables of the Weisberg family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Weisberg in this period include Christian Weise (1642-1708), who was a renowned German author of moral tragedies, poetry, and comedies; and Baron
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Migration of the Weisberg family to the New World and Oceana
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant
farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Weisberg surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Jacob Weis, who came to Philadelphia in 1728. Johann Weis arrived in 1731; Martin Weis in 1750; and Ulrich Weis in 1741. Adam Weis arrived in Maryland in 1760. Carl August Weise came to Texas in 1854.