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The surname Wiersma is of Norman origin. It was introduced into Normandy by Norsemen where it was derived from the Old Norse word "ver" which meant a "station" or "fishing station." After the Norman Conquest, the name was later derived from the Old English word "wr," or "wer," meaning "a weir." In both cases, the name was a topographic name.

Wiersma Early Origins



The surname Wiersma was first found in Roxburghshire, where they were descended from Aubri de Vere, a descendant of the Duchess Judith in 1058. His son, another Aubri, accompanied William the Conqueror to Hastings in 1066, and built a castle at Hedingham in Essex, and held Kensington in Middlesex. He was the ancestor of the Earls of Oxford. Although the de Veres were highly respected members of the aristocracy in England, a branch of the family moved northward in 1069 and settled in the lowlands of Scotland at Sprowestun, in Roxburghshire.

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Wiersma Spelling Variations


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Wiersma Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Weir, Vere, Ver and others.

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Wiersma Early History


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Wiersma Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiersma research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1174, 1296, 1489, 1670, 1694, 1838, 1876, 1662, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Wiersma History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wiersma Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wiersma Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family at this time was Rebecca Weir, grandmother of Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. President; and Captain Thomas Benton Weir (1838-1876), an officer in the 7th Cavalry Regiment...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiersma Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wiersma In Ireland


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Wiersma In Ireland



Some of the Wiersma family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wiersma Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius Wiersma, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Hillige Wiersma, aged 29, landed in New York, NY in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiersma (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiersma (post 1700)



  • William Wiersma, American Republican politician, Supervisor of Paris Township, Michigan, 1937-43; Resigned 1943
  • Jerry L. Wiersma, American politician, Mayor of Norton Shores, Michigan, 2006-08
  • Charles M. Wiersma, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1974, 1976

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vero nihil verius
Motto Translation: Nothing truer than truth.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    3. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 10 November 2015 at 11:06.

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