Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Woerstle family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Woerstle is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a person who made sausages, a skill which has been held in high regard since the Middle Ages. The surname Woerstle is derived from the Old German word Wurst, or Wurstmacher, which denotes a sausage-maker.
Early Origins of the Woerstle family
Bavaria, where the Wurster family held a family seat from ancient times. Their allegiances were sought eagerly by princes of the region in attempts to enhance and consolidate their political power.
Early History of the Woerstle family
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Early Notables of the Woerstle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woerstle family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Woerstles to arrive in North America, and among them were: Richard Worster arrived in Virginia in 1635; Rebeca Worster arrived in New England in 1656; Peter Worster arrived in New York, New York in 1663; Hans Worster arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738.
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