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The German name Werts has evolved from several different sources. The name may be a derivative of the Middle High German "wert" meaning "river island," or "river bank." It may have come from the ancient personal name Werner, composed of the Old High German "warjan" meaning "protection" and "hari" meaning "army." The Middle High German word "wurz" meant "greenery" or "herb" and Werts may have been an occupational name for a green grocer. It also possible that as a surname, Werts derived from a place name, such as the town named Wurzberg, in the Odenwald region.

Werts Early Origins



The surname Werts was first found in the Rhineland-Palatinate, Southwestern Germany, where a Werzo Carpentarius was listed as residing in Worms in 1277. Another early instance of the name is of Conrad der alt Wurz (the elder Conrad,) who was listed in the "Wurttembergische Viertelsjahrhefte fur Landesgeschichte," as being a citizen of Horkheim in 1370.

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Werts Spelling Variations


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Werts Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wertz, Werz, Wert, Wurz, Wurtz, Wirz and others.

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Werts Early History


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Werts Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Werts research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1417, 1477, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Werts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Werts Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Werts Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Werts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Werts Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Lenard Werts, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Peter Werts, who arrived in New Jersey in 1755

Werts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Fredrick Werts, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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    The Werts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Werts 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 August 2016 at 19:29.

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