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

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

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.


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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.

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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.

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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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  2. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  3. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  4. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. 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.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:36.

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