Bavaria, Germany is the original homeland of the Wielandt family. Wielandt is a patronymic name, a type of surname that derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Wielandt 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 Wielandt 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 Wielandt was applied as a nickname to smiths.
Early Origins of the Wielandt family
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.
Early History of the Wielandt family
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Wielandt Spelling Variations
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 Wielandt include Wieland, Wielandt, Wiland, Wielant, Weland and many more.
Early Notables of the Wielandt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wielandt family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Wielandts to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Wielandt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
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