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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Wiff, Whiff, Wiffen, Whiffen, Wiffin, Whiffin and many more.

First found in Prussia, where the name emerged in medieval 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiffen research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiffen History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Wiffen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wiffen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Wiffen was registered in Bonavista in 1828

Wiffen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Wiffen arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867


  • Joan Wiffen CBE (1922-2009), New Zealand amateur paleontologist who discovered the first dinosaur fossils in New Zealand


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  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. 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).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  11. ...

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