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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.

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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.

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.


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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.

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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


  • Conrad Wieland and his wife Anna Engeler, who came to Carolina or Pennsylvania with their four children in 1734
  • Conrad Wieland, who landed in America in 1734
  • Peter Wieland arrived in Philadelphia in 1750
  • Peter Wieland, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Bernhardt Wieland, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772


Wieland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Dorothea Christine Wiese Wieland, aged 31, arrived in America in 1843
  • Gottfried Wieland, aged 40, arrived in America in 1843
  • Justine Wieland, aged 52, arrived in America in 1843
  • Friedrich Wieland, aged 24, landed in America in 1844
  • Eva Magda Wieland arrived in Texas in 1846


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  • Joseph Andrew "Joe" Wieland (b. 1990), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Paul Wieland, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives 112th District; Elected 2012
  • John C. Wieland, American Democrat politician, Reform Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 20th District, 1894; Candidate for New York State Assembly from Albany County 1st District, 1901
  • John A. Wieland (b. 1893), American Democrat politician, Illinois Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1935-43
  • Jacqueline T. Wieland, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008
  • Ian B. Wieland, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • Frederick Wieland, American Republican politician, Supervisor of Orion Township, Michigan; Elected 1904, 1905
  • Janne Müller- Wieland (b. 1986), German field hockey player who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Christoph Martin Wieland (1733-1813), German poet and writer
  • Heinrich Otto Wieland (1877-1957), German chemist, winner of the 1927 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research into the bile acids

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