Woerner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Woerner emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. German surnames developed at a time when most of Lower Saxony, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to more clearly identify themselves.

Early Origins of the Woerner family

The surname Woerner was first found in Lower Saxony, where the family gained a significant reputation for their contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. Branches of this estimable family held estates near Hanover, at Trebitsch in Silesia, and at Tolitz in Pomerania. The oldest form of the name is Werneke or Werner, but, in northern areas especially around Hamburg, it changed to Warner by around 1300. Chronicles first mention Herman Werneking of Hanover in 1497.

Early History of the Woerner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woerner research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1646, 1818, 1718, 1805, 1759, 1829, 1791, 1687, 1768, 1823, 1750, 1817, 1693, 1766, 1761, 1637 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Woerner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Woerner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Werner, Warner, Warners, Werners, Wernere, Wernerer, Waerner, Warncke, Warnke (Hamburg), Werneke, Warnken, Warnke, Warneking (Westphalia) and many more.

Early Notables of the Woerner family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time included Zacharias Werner (1768-1823), who was a controversial dramatist. Abraham Gottlieb Werner (1750-1817) was a famous mineralogist and is considered to be the founder of geology. He influenced generations of prominent scientists while teaching at the mining...
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woerner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Woerner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woerner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Philipp Jacob Woerner, who landed in America in 1751 [1]
Woerner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johan Chr Woerner, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1867 [1]
  • John George Woerner, who landed in Arkansas in 1889 [1]
Woerner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Karl Woerner, who arrived in Alabama in 1913 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Woerner (post 1700) +

  • Michael D. Woerner, American politician, Candidate for village President of Hinsdale, Illinois, 2009
  • J. G. Woerner, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 31st District, 1867-68
  • Matt Woerner, American rugby union player for Tufts University
  • General Frederick Frank Woerner Jr. (b. 1933), retired United States Army general
  • Scott Allison Woerner (b. 1958), former American football defensive back
  • Marlene Neubauer Woerner (1918-2010), German sculptor
  • Natalia Woerner (b. 1967), German actress
  • Manfred Hermann Woerner (1934-1994), German politician and diplomat


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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