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The Wissmann surname was a popular Old German personal name (pre-surnames) that meant "of a sharp mind."

Wissmann Early Origins



The surname Wissmann was first found in the regions of northern Germany, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society of Europe. The name Wachsmann became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles first mention Heinrich Wachsmut of Mergthal in 1311. The wandering minstrels Wachsmout von Kuenzich and Wahsmuot von Muelnhusen became renowned in the same period. Another famous bearer of this name was the character Wahsmuot in the "Dietrich Saga," who was the brother of Wolfdietrich.

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Wissmann Spelling Variations


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Wissmann Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Wissmann include Wachsmuth, Wachsmund, Wassmuth, Wasmuth, Wassmann and others.

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Wissmann Early History


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Wissmann Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wissmann research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1715, 1730, 1735, 1816, and 1836 are included under the topic Early Wissmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wissmann Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wissmann Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Wissmann were

Wissmann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Wissmann, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782
  • Jean Wissmann, who landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782

Wissmann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Carl Wissmann, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Ernst Wissmann, aged 24, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1840
  • Henry S Wissmann, aged 22, arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1840
  • William Wissmann, aged 29, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1844
  • Wilhelmine Wissmann, aged 34, arrived in America in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wissmann (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wissmann (post 1700)



  • Matthias Wissmann (b. 1949), German President of the Verband der Automobilindustrie
  • Hermann Wissmann (1853-1905), German explorer and administrator in Africa, eponym of Wissmann Bay, at the northern tip of Lake Malawi

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    5. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wissmann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wissmann 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 15 September 2016 at 22:09.

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