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Bavaria, Germany is the original homeland of the Wieland family. Wieland is a patronymic name, a type of surname that derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Wieland was derived from a Germanic personal name that is composed of the elements wig, which means war, and land, which means territory or land. The popularity of the name Wieland is due to the fact that it was borne by the supernaturally skilled smith of a folk legend. It is also for this reason that the name Wieland was applied as a nickname to smiths.
The surname Wieland was first found in Bavaria, where the name was seen in the mediaeval period as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of Europe. They were also found in the northern regions: Meister Wiland was the builder (1333) of the Peter-Paul church in Liegnitz, Silesia. The name Wieland was also famous through the legend of Wieland der Schmied, the most artful of all black smiths. Indeed, chronicles mention an actual "Wieland der Schmied" in Freiburg in 1341. Other chronicles mention Konrad Wielant of Esslingen in 1301, and Mathias Weland of Greifswald, Pomerania, in 1374.
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Wieland include Wieland, Wielandt, Wiland, Wielant, Weland and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wieland research. Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1810, 1763, 1849, 1733, 1813, 1605 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Wieland History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wieland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Wieland surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Wieland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Wieland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Wieland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wieland 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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