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

Weiser Early Origins



The surname Weiser 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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Weiser Spelling Variations


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Weiser Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Weiser include Weise, Weis, Weiser, Wise and others.

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Weiser Early History


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Weiser Early History



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

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Weiser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Weiser Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Weiser 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 Weiser 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



Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Weiser or a variant listed above:

Weiser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Koenraet Weiser, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Daniel Artopee Weiser arrived in New York State in 1710-11
  • George Ffrederick Weiser, aged 13, arrived in New York in 1710
  • Christian Weiser came to Philadelphia in 1731
  • Conrad Weiser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Weiser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J L Weiser, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1855
  • Andrew Weiser, who was naturalized in Kansas in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Weiser (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Weiser (post 1700)



  • Peter M Weiser (1781-1828), American soldier, member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Grethe Weiser (1903-1970), German actress
  • Frank Morton Weiser (b. 1933), prominent New York City physician
  • Mark Weiser (1952-1999), chief scientist of Xerox PARC

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    3. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    4. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    5. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Weiser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weiser 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 13 September 2013 at 08:51.

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