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

The German surname Werner emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. German surnames developed at a time when most of Lower Saxony, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to more clearly identify themselves.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Werner, Warner, Warners, Werners, Wernere, Wernerer, Waerner, Warncke, Warnke (Hamburg), Werneke, Warnken, Warnke, Warneking (Westphalia) and many more.

First found in Lower Saxony, where the family gained a significant reputation for their contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. Branches of this estimable family held estates near Hanover, at Trebitsch in Silesia, and at Tolitz in Pomerania. The oldest form of the name is Werneke or Werner, but, in northern areas especially around Hamburg, it changed to Warner by around 1300. Chronicles first mention Herman Werneking of Hanover in 1497.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Werner research. Another 377 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1646, 1818, 1718, 1805, 1759, 1829, 1791, 1687, 1768, 1823, 1750, 1817, 1693, 1766, 1761, 1637 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Werner History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 151 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Werner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Werner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christoff Werner, who emigrated to America with his wife and son in 1709
  • Hendrig Werner, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Maria Magdalena Werner, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1710
  • Christopher Werner arrived in New York State in 1710 at the age of 35
  • Christopher Werner, aged 35, landed in New York in 1710

Werner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Carl Werner, aged 23, landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Friedrich Werner, aged 60, arrived in America in 1839
  • Karl Wilhelm Werner, aged 42, arrived in America in 1839
  • John Werner, aged 39, arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1840
  • Johann Werner, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850

Werner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Nels Nelsen Werner, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914

Werner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Conrade Werner, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Elizabeth Werner, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752


  • Buddy Werner (1936-1964), American alpine skier in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Theodore B. Werner (1892-1989), American politician
  • Abraham Gottlob Werner (1749-1817), German geologist
  • Friedrich Ludwig Zacharias Werner (1768-1823), German poet, dramatist and preacher
  • André Werner (b. 1960), German composer
  • Anton von Werner (1843-1915), German painter
  • C. W. Otto Werner (1879-1936), German physician who discovered a premature aging condition he named Werner syndrome
  • Sergio Briceño Werner (b. 1918), Chilean writer
  • Alfred Werner (1866-1919), Swiss chemist, who won the Nobel Prize in 1913
  • Sven Erik Werner (b. 1937), prominent Danish composer



  • Henry Werner's Posterity-With its Twigs and Branches by Ione F. Palmer.
  • Werner Family History by Mrs. Robert Schmid.
  • Country Carpenter: Josiah C. Werner, 1863-1926 by Catherine M. Rhoads.

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