The Wiedemar surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria
, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Wiedemar is a local
surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Wiedemar was given to someone who lived near a willow tree or near a meadow. The name is composed of the elements Wieden,
which derives from the German word weide
and can mean either willow
which means man.
Early Origins of the Wiedemar family
The surname Wiedemar was first found in Bavaria
, where the name could be considered to have made a major contribution to the feudal
society which shaped the course of early European development. The name became prominent in civil affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the widespread tribal and national conflicts, as each group sought supremacy in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Wiedemar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiedemar research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1852, 1870, 1852 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Wiedemar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wiedemar Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Wiedemar include Wiedemann, Wiedman, Wiedmann, Wiedeman, Wiemann, Wieman, Wiedemar, Wiedmar, Wiedemer and many more.
Early Notables of the Wiedemar family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Wiedemar in this period include Carl Wiedemann, who began as a major in the Austrian
army, rose to general major and then Commander of the papal Gregor Order of Knights. He was named honored citizen (Ehrenbuerger) of the city Wadowice, married Anna Gussner von Komorna... Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiedemar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wiedemar family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: C.M. Wiedman, who came to Philadelphia in 1785; Johann Wiedman came to Philadelphia in 1805; as did Lanard Wiedmann in 1803 and Daniel Wiedemann at the age of 26 in 1802.