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The surname Wetz was first found in Silesia and Bohemia, where the name could be considered to make a major contribution to the feudal society that shaped the early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses, playing important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, as each group strove for power and status in an unstable territorial profile. chronicles first mention the Lord Weczel von Schellendorf from Liegnitz in Silesia around 1424, and Hans Weczold of Freiberg in Saxony near the border with Bohemia in 1447.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wetzel, Wetzlaw (Silesia), Weczel ( Silesia, Bohemia), Wetzold, Weczold, Wetzler, Wetzal, Wetzell, Wetzlar, Wetz and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wetz research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1662 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Wetz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wetz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wetz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ferdinand Wetz, aged 35, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Henrich Wetz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754

Wetz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Geo Wetz, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • Leo Wetz, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1851
  • Anton Wetz, who landed in America in 1852
  • Herm Wetz, who arrived in America in 1852
  • Joh Wetz, who landed in America in 1852
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  • Richard Wetz (1875-1935), German composer and conductor and author of books on Liszt and Beethoven
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    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Wetz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wetz 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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