The surname Wiesen is a topographic local
name; it is derived from a physical feature of the geography near where the original bearer lived or held land. In this case, the name is derived from the Old German word wisa, which means meadow. The original bearer lived on or near an open meadow.
Early Origins of the Wiesen family
The surname Wiesen was first found in Silesia
, where the name emerged in mediaeval times 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 the nation.
Early History of the Wiesen family
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Wiesen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wiese, Wies, Wieser, Wiesen, Wiesa (Silesia), Wiesener, Wiesner, Wisener and many more.
Early Notables of the Wiesen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wiesen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peter Wiese, who came to Philadelphia in 1752. Wilhelm Wies arrived in 1754; while Melchior Wies arrived in New York in 1709-10. Carl Wies came to Maryland in 1820.
Contemporary Notables of the name Wiesen (post 1700)
- S. Jonathan Wiesen, American history professor of modern European history at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale