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Widener Early Origins



The surname Widener was first found in Switzerland, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

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Widener Spelling Variations


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Widener Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Weidenaver, Weitnauer, Wiedenaver, Weitaver, Wietnaver, Weidenauer, Wiedenauer, Weidnauer, Wiednauer, Weitenauer, Wietenaver, Weitenaver, Widenaver, Widnaver, Widenauer, Widnauer, Witenaver and many more.

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Widener Early History


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Widener Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Widener research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Widener History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Widener Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Widener Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Widener 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:

Widener Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Adam Widener, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743

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Contemporary Notables of the name Widener (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Widener (post 1700)



  • Chris Widener, American politician, Member of the Ohio Senate
  • Peter Arrell Brown Widener (1834-1915), American art collector, businessman
  • Jeff Widener (b. 1956), American Pulitzer Prize nominated photographer, best known for his image of the Tank Man confronting a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989
  • Warren Widener, American politician, Mayor of Berkeley, California, 1971-79
  • Joseph Early Widener (1871-1943), American art collector, founding benefactor of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C
  • Hiram Emory Widener Jr. (1923-2007), American jurist, Judge on United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1972-2007), Judge on United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia (1969-1972)
  • George Dunton Widener Jr. (1889-1971), American businessman and thoroughbred racehorse owner, son of George Dunton Widener Sr
  • Mr. George Dunton Widener (1861-1912), American businessman aged 50, American First Class passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Harry Elkins Widener (1885-1912), American businessman and book collector aged 27, American First Class passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking, eponym of the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, Harvard
  • Chris Widener (b. 1966), American author and speaker
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Widener Historic Events


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Widener Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Eleanor Widener, (née Elkins), aged 50, American First Class passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4
  • Mr. George Dunton Widener (d. 1912), aged 50, American First Class passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Harry Elkins Widener (d. 1912), aged 27, American First Class passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    6. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Widener Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Widener 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 15 September 2016 at 14:34.

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