Show ContentsWirt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Wirt was derived from the Low German word "werth," denoting an inkeeper or landlord.

Early Origins of the Wirt family

The surname Wirt was first found in Thuringia, where the family was known for its contributions to the prosperity and culture of the emerging feudal society. The family branched into numerous houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions.

Early History of the Wirt family

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Wirt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Werthen, Werthern, Wurthern, Woerthern, Worthen, Worthern, Warthern, Werther, Werthenberg, Worther, Werther, Werten and many more.

Early Notables of the Wirt family (pre 1700)

Notable members of the surname Wirt in this period were Wigand Wirt (1460-1519), a German theologian best known for his polemic writings attacking the Catholic doctrine of the immaculate conception; Philipp August von Werther (circa 1730-1791)...
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Wirt Ranking

In the United States, the name Wirt is the 10,272nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Wirt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wirt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Jacob Wirt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]
  • Jacob Wirt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [2]
Wirt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Wirt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wirt (post 1700) +

  • William Albert Wirt (1874-1938), American superintendent of schools in Gary, Indiana who developed the Gary Plan for the more efficient use of school facilities
  • William Wirt (1772-1834), American author and statesman, 9th United States Attorney General (1817-1829), eponym of Wirt County, West Virginia
  • Elizabeth Washington Gamble "E.W." Wirt (1784-1857), American author, best known for her book Flora's Dictionary, an alphabetical list of over 200 flowers from acacia rose to zinnia, each with their scientific names
  • Václav Wirt (1893-1962), Czech gymnast at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • James Wirt Newman (b. 1902), American politician, Secretary of State of Ohio, 1883-85
  • William Wirt Herod (1835-1906), American politician, Candidate for Indiana State Senate, 1866; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1872; Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1879; Candidate for Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana, 1891 [3]
  • William Wirt Gilmer (b. 1955), United States Navy Captain, the 22nd and 24th Naval Governor of Guam
  • William Wirt Kimball (1848-1930), U.S. naval officer and an early pioneer in the development of submarines
  • William Wirt Culbertson (1835-1911), American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1870; Member of Kentucky State Senate, 1873 [4]
  • William Wirt Courtney (1889-1961), American Democratic Party politician, City Judge in Tennessee, 1915-17 [5]

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