Werner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Werner family

The surname Werner was 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.

Early History of the Werner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Werner research. Another 189 words (14 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Werner Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Werner family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time included Zacharias Werner (1768-1823), who was a controversial dramatist. Abraham Gottlieb Werner (1750-1817) was a famous mineralogist and is considered to be the founder of geology. He influenced generations of prominent scientists while teaching at the mining...
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United States Werner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Werner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christoff Werner, who immigrated to America with his wife and son in 1709
  • Hendrig Werner, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Maria Magdalena Werner, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1710 [1]
  • Christopher Werner, who arrived in New York State in 1710 at the age of 35
  • Christopher Werner, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1710 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Werner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Werner, aged 23, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Friedrich Werner, aged 60, who arrived in America in 1839 [1]
  • Karl Wilhelm Werner, aged 42, who arrived in America in 1839 [1]
  • John Werner, aged 39, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Johann Werner, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Werner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Nels Nelsen Werner, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914 [1]

Canada Werner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

Contemporary Notables of the name Werner (post 1700) +

  • Mary Leach Werner, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 2008 [2]
  • Theodore B. Werner (1892-1989), American politician
  • Buddy Werner (1936-1964), American alpine skier in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Markus Werner (b. 1944), German-speaking Swiss writer
  • C. W. Otto Werner (1879-1936), German physician who discovered a premature aging condition he named Werner syndrome
  • Anton von Werner (1843-1915), German painter
  • André Werner (b. 1960), German composer
  • Friedrich Ludwig Zacharias Werner (1768-1823), German poet, dramatist and preacher
  • Abraham Gottlob Werner (1749-1817), German geologist
  • Wendelin Werner (b. 1968), French mathematician, winner of the Fields medal (2006)
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Kurt Werner (1922-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Alfred Werner (1917-1941), German Matrosenhauptgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]


Suggested Readings for the name Werner +

  • 824 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.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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