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The surname Wiest 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.

Wiest Early Origins



The surname Wiest 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.

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Wiest Spelling Variations


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Wiest Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wiese, Wies, Wieser, Wiesen, Wiesa (Silesia), Wiesener, Wiesner, Wisener and many more.

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Wiest Early History


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Wiest Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiest research. Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1333, 1350, 1450, 1456, 1500, 1690, 1702, and 1821 are included under the topic Early Wiest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wiest Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wiest Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiest Notables 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:

Wiest Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Jacob Wiest, who arrived in America in 1750
  • Hans Henrich Wiest, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Jacob Wiest, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764
  • Joh Andreas Wiest, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1768
  • Andreas Wiest, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1768
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wiest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G F Wiest, who arrived in Ohio in 1848

Wiest Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Apollonia Wiest, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Catherina Wiest, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Sophia Wiest, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Valentine Wiest, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Wendel Wiest, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiest (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiest (post 1700)



  • John Stephen "Steve" Wiest (b. 1957), American trombonist, composer, arranger, big band director
  • Dianne E. Wiest (b. 1948), American two-time Academy Award and Emmy Award winning actress on stage, television and film
  • Roger V. Wiest, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • John E. Wiest, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Washington, 1956
  • Howard Wiest (1864-1945), American Republican politician, Wayne County Circuit Court Commissioner, 1887-88; Circuit Judge in Michigan 30th Circuit, 1900-21; Justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1921-45
  • Edward F. Wiest, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 17th District, 1954, 1956, 1958; Mayor of Wyoming, Michigan, 1963-69
  • Allen C. Wiest, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Stephan Wiest (1748-1797), German Catholic priest, Cistercian, and professor

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Wiest Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wiest 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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