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Where did the German Weiss family come from? What is the German Weiss family crest and coat of arms? When did the Weiss family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Weiss family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Weiss, Weisse, Weisser (Silesia) and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weiss research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1598, 1611, 1686, 1706, 1750, 1836, and 1853 are included under the topic Early Weiss History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 54 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weiss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Goerge Weiss, who came to America in 1709
  • Johannes Weiss arrived in New York State in 1710
  • Johannes Weiss arrived in America in 1725
  • George Michael Weiss, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Hans Adam Weiss, who arrived in America in 1731


Weiss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Josames Weiss, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • James Weiss, who landed in New York in 1820
  • Jane Weiss, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Christian Weiss, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Henriette Weiss, who arrived in America in 1841


Weiss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Emmanuel Weiss, aged 3, landed in New York, NY in 1901
  • Etrasina Weiss, aged 55, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Elisabeth Weiss, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1901
  • Christine Weiss, aged 26, landed in New York, NY in 1901
  • Hulda Weiss, aged 13, landed in New York, NY in 1901


Weiss Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Jean Weiss, who arrived in Red River, Canada in 1821

Weiss Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Ida Weiss, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

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  • Adolph Weiss (1891-1971), American composer, bassoonist, and conductor of the San Fransisco Opera and Los Angeles orchestra
  • Paul Weiss (b. 1901), American philosopher and educator
  • Ehrich Weiss (1874-1926), original name of Harry Houdini, Hungarian-born American magician and escapologist, stunt performer and actor
  • Bryon Lee Weiss (1963-2014), American two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominated stuntman and actor, known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Live Free or Die Hard (2007) and Valkyrie (2008)
  • Peter Weiss (1916-1982), famed German playwright and novelist influenced by Brecht
  • Ulrich Weiss (b. 1936), prominent German banker, managing director of the Deutsche Bank
  • Peter Ulrich Weiss (1916-1982), German dramatist
  • Paul Alfred Weiss (b. 1898), prominent biologist, won the National Science Award (1980)
  • Master Herman  Weiss (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. William H  Weiss (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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  • Mayflower Lines of Our Grandchildren by Frederick Lewis Weis.
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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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The Weiss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weiss 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.

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