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

Bavaria, Germany is the original homeland of the Weland family. Weland is a patronymic name, a type of surname that derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Weland was derived from a Germanic personal name that is composed of the elements wig, which means war, and land, which means territory or land. The popularity of the name Weland is due to the fact that it was borne by the supernaturally skilled smith of a folk legend. It is also for this reason that the name Weland was applied as a nickname to smiths.

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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 Weland include Wieland, Wielandt, Wiland, Wielant, Weland and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name was seen in the mediaeval period as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of Europe. They were also found in the northern regions: Meister Wiland was the builder (1333) of the Peter-Paul church in Liegnitz, Silesia. The name Wieland was also famous through the legend of Wieland der Schmied, the most artful of all black smiths. Indeed, chronicles mention an actual "Wieland der Schmied" in Freiburg in 1341. Other chronicles mention Konrad Wielant of Esslingen in 1301, and Mathias Weland of Greifswald, Pomerania, in 1374.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weland research. Another 319 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1810, 1763, 1849, 1733, 1813, 1605 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Weland History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Weland or a variant listed above: Conrad Wieland and his wife Anna Engeler, who came to Carolina or Pennsylvania with their four children in 1734; Marte Wieland came to Philadelphia in 1772.

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