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

The name Wurm can derive from either the German term "Würmchen" for a small mite, or from "Wurm" the Middle High German and Middle Low German word for snake or dragon. The surname may have originated from a nickname inspired by a physical attribute or character trait of the bearer. Or it may have been patronymic, derived from the personal name of the father. In this case the personal name would have been the Old Germanic "Wurm," a name rarely in usage today.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Wurm, Worm, Wurmb, Wörmke, Wörmbke and others.

First found in Germany. The name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.The surname dates back to the 13th century in Württemberg, where Gumpold Wurm was recorded in 1232 and Heinrich dictus Wurm in 1296. In 1269, Johan dictus Worm (Vermis) resided in Hamburg. Hans Wurm was a tailor in 1491, and Wolfgang Worm was a resident of Guben in Saxony in 1530.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wurm research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1576, 1670, 1673, 1689, 1783, 1816, 1834, and 1865 are included under the topic Early Wurm History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wurm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael Wurm and Joh Caspar Wurm, who took the Oath of Allegiance in Pennsylvania in 1750 and 1753
  • Michael Wurm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Joh Casper Wurm, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Wurm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Wurm was naturalized in Indiana in 1844
  • Laurence Wurm, who deserted from a German military unit and was recorded in New York in 1847
  • Casker Wurm in St. Louis, Missouri in 1848
  • Casker Wurm, aged 28, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1848
  • Frederick Wurm in Philadelphia in 1851


  • John Nicholas Wurm (1927-1984), American clergyman, the 5th Bishop of Belleville, Illinois (1981-1984)
  • Frank James Wurm (1924-1993), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1944 season
  • Armin Wurm (b. 1989), German professional ice hockey defenceman
  • Franz-Friederich Wurm (b. 1912), German novelist
  • Ernst Wurm (1906-1971), German author
  • Karl Wurm (1893-1951), German painter
  • Erwin Wurm (b. 1954), Austrian artist
  • Stephen Adolphe Wurm (1922-2001), Hungarian-born Australian linguist
  • Josef Wurm (b. 1915), Austrian hockey player
  • Mathilde Wurm (1865-1936), who with Adela Wurm (1877-1952), were noted concert pianists


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