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The surname Weise 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. Weise is a name for a person who had a pale complexion or fair colored hair. The surname Weise was derived from the German word weises, which meant white.

Weise Early Origins



The surname Weise 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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Weise Spelling Variations


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Weise Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Weise include Weise, Weis, Weiser, Wise and others.

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Weise Early History


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Weise Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weise 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 Weise History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Weise Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Weise Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Weise 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 Weise 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



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Weise Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Jacob Weise, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johan Michael Weise, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Johan Michael Weise arrived in Philadelphia in 1755

Weise Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Christ Weise, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Godfrey Weise, who landed in Maryland in 1819
  • Frederick Weise, who landed in Maryland in 1827
  • Georg Weise, aged 27, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Emilie Weise, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Weise (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Weise (post 1700)



  • Wolfgang Weise (b. 1949), German silver medalist volleyball player at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Hubert Weise (1884-1950), German Generaloberst in the Luftwaffe during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Markus Weise (b. 1962), German field hockey coach
  • Konrad Weise (b. 1951), German football player
  • Julius Weise (1844-1925), German entomologist
  • Dale Weise (b. 1988), Canadian professional ice hockey player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    2. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Weise Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weise 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 18 September 2016 at 17:38.

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