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Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Wurst family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Wurst 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 Wurst is derived from the Old German word Wurst, or Wurstmacher, which denotes a sausage-maker.

Wurst Early Origins



The surname Wurst was first found in 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.

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Wurst Spelling Variations


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Wurst 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 Wurst include Wurster, Wursten, Wurstel, Wurstere, Wurstle, Wurst, Wuester, Wuersten, Wuestel, Wuestere, Wuerstle, Wuerst, Worster, Worsten, Worstel, Worstere, Worstle, Worst, Woerster, Woersten, Woerstel, Woerstere, Woerstle and many more.

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Wurst Early History


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Wurst Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wurst research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1746 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Wurst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wurst Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wurst Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wurst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Wurst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Jacob Wurst, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743

Wurst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Carl Wurst, aged 8, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Christine Wurst, aged 47, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Frederick Wurst, aged 14, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Wilhelm Wurst, aged 48, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Karl Wurst, who landed in North America in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wurst (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wurst (post 1700)



  • Henry E. Wurst, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 6th District, 1964
  • H. R. Wurst, American Republican politician, Mayor of Gladstone, Missouri, 1965-67
  • Edward L. Wurst, American politician, Representative from Minnesota 6th District, 1944
  • Conchita Wurst (b. 1988), stage name of Thomas "Tom" Neuwirth, an Austrian pop recording artist and drag queen

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Wurst Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wurst 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 17 October 2016 at 19:04.

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