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Early Origins of the Wendt family

The surname Wendt was first found in Germany, where the name Wendt came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status. The name was given to a person from Wendland, a place in north-east Germany. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Wendling, a municipality in the district of Grieskirchen in Upper Austria.

Early History of the Wendt family

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Wendt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wendt, Wend, Wende, Wendisch, Windisch, Winsch, Wundisch, Wunsche, Wunsch, Wentscher, Wintscher, Wunscher, Winschmann, Windischmann, Wunschmann, Wendland, Wendlandt, Wendlander, Wendler and many more.

Early Notables of the Wendt family (pre 1700)

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Wendt Ranking

In the United States, the name Wendt is the 3,076th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [1]

United States Wendt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wendt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Wendt, who arrived in Allegany County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Ferdinande Albertine Charlotte Wendt, aged 42, who arrived in America in 1843 [2]
  • Wilhelmine Friderike Wendt, aged 25, who landed in America in 1843 [2]
  • Christian Wendt who settled in North America in 1844
  • Martin Wendt, aged 48, who arrived in America in 1846 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Wendt (post 1700) +

  • Viola Sophia Wendt (1907-1986), American poet and educator [3]
  • Guenter Wendt (1925-2010), German-born American NASA spacecraft engineer
  • Alexander Wendt (b. 1958), American political scientist
  • William Wendt (1865-1946), award-winning American landscape painter
  • Dean Wendt (b. 1968), American voice actor best known as the voice of Barney [4]
  • George Robert Wendt (b. 1948), American actor best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers [5]
  • Brigadier Alan Koeppen Wendt (1892-1977), Commanding Officer 6th Australian Cavalry Brigade from 1937 to 1942 [6]
  • Jana Wendt (b. 1956), Australian television journalist [7]
  • Frederick Wendt Patterson (b. 1860), American Republican politician, Civil engineer; Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Beaver County 1st District

Suggested Readings for the name Wendt +

  • Our Family by John W.W. Wendt.

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  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Viola Wendt. (Retrieved 2011, January 27) Viola Wendt. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Dean Wendt. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Dean Wendt. Retrieved from
  5. ^ George Wendt. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) George Wendt. Retrieved from
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 8) Alan Wendt. Retrieved from
  7. ^ Jana Wendt. (Retrieved 2011, January 27) Jana Wendt. Retrieved from on Facebook