The surname Werr has a few possible origins. The name may be toponymic, from a place name near which the original bearer lived or held land. Place names which could have inspired the surname Werr could be Weier, Weiher, Wieren, and Weyer in Germany
or Wierum in Holland. Or the surname could be locative, from a geographical feature near where the bearer resided. In either case, the name would be derived from the Middle German word "weiher" meaning "a pond or still water" or from the old German water-word "wir." The surname Werr may also be patronymic
, from the first name of the father of the initial bearer. In this case, the surname Werr would come from the personal name
Wigheri, stemming from "weihen" meaning "holy."
Early Origins of the Werr family
The surname Werr was first found in Westphalia
, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families in the western region. From the 13th century onwards the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Haintz Weyer from Heudorf was recorded in Riedlingen in 1434, and Magdalena zum Weiher, widow of Erasmus zum Wiger, in Freiburg in 1572. A shoemaker named Martin Weyermann was mentioned in documents of 1644.
Early History of the Werr family
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Werr Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Weyer, Weyher, Wier, Weyhe, Weyier, van der Weyer, van den Weyer, Weye, Weyers, Wyers, Wyer, Wiermann and many more.
Early Notables of the Werr family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Werr family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Archibald Weyer, who settled in Barbados in 1634; Martha Wyer, who arrived in New Hampshire
in 1719; Archibald Wier, who arrived in New Hampshire