Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Wiedman family. The Wiedman surname evolved as a local name. It is a name for a family that 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 or meadow, and mann, which means man.
Early Origins of the Wiedman family
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 Wiedman family
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Wiedman Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Wiedman include Wiedemann, Wiedman, Wiedmann, Wiedeman, Wiemann, Wieman, Wiedemar, Wiedmar, Wiedemer and many more.
Early Notables of the Wiedman family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Wiedman 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...
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Migration of the Wiedman family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wiedman or a variant listed above:
Wiedman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Wiedman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Wiedman (post 1700)
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