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Where did the Austrian Wiens family come from? What is the Austrian Wiens family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wiens family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wiens family history?

Noble surnames, such as Wiens, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Austrian people. The original bearer of the name Wiens, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful Vienna region of Austria. In this region as hereditary surnames began to be adopted in the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate.The Wiens family originally lived in Vienna. Citizens of Vienna were known as Wieners. The name of the city comes from Vindabona, a Roman camp which originally occupied the site.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Wiener, Wiene, Weiner, Wien, Wieners, Wienen, Viener, Veaner, Vieners and many more.

First found in Austria, where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal society which shaped modern Europe. The family branched into several houses, all of which played an important role in the local political conflicts which forged the nation. The first appearance of this name occurs in ancient chronicles of the city Basel in the year 1275. It was originally taken on by numerous branches living in and around the city Vienna. Later, many families within Jewish settlements also took on the name of their patron city. Vienna, Austria's capital, was originally a Celtic settlement, and the name goes back to Vindabona, a Roman camp belonging to their line of fortresses along the Rhine and Danube rivers. The house of Habsburg, rulers of the Empire, made Vienna the cultural center of Europe, that survived sieges by the Turks in 1529 and 1683. Here the mansions of the nobility were built in the elaborate Baroque style, as well as the fabulous imperial residences of the Hofburg and Schloss Schoenbrunn.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiens research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiens History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wiens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Wiens, aged 28, arrived in New York, NY in 1874
  • Sara Wiens, aged 27, landed in New York, NY in 1874
  • Suzanne Wiens, aged 6, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • Katharine Wiens, aged 15, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • Agatha Wiens, aged 4, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876

Wiens Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Johan Wiens, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Peter Wiens, who landed in Manitoba in 1876
  • David Wiens, who landed in Manitoba in 1876
  • Heinrich Wiens, who arrived in Manitoba in 1876
  • Isaac Wiens, who arrived in Manitoba in 1876


  • Douglas Paul Wiens, Canadian statistician and professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta, Fellow of the American Statistical Association (2005)
  • David Wiens, American cyclist, a 2000 inductee to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, inaugural Director of the Mountain Sports Program at WSCU (2012)
  • Dr John A. Wiens, American ecologist, the 2005 recipient of the Cooper Ornithological Society’s Loye and Alden Miller Research Award
  • Tom Wiens, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 2008
  • Bernhard Henry "Berny" Wiens (b. 1945), Canadian former politician who represented Rosetown-Elrose, Saskatchewan from 1991 to 1995


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The Wiens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wiens 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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