Wurst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Wurst family

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.

Early History of the Wurst family

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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.

Early Notables of the Wurst family (pre 1700)

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Wurst Ranking

In the United States, the name Wurst is the 15,291st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Wurst migration to the United States +

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 [2]
Wurst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Wurst, aged 8, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Christine Wurst, aged 47, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Frederick Wurst, aged 14, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Wilhelm Wurst, aged 48, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Karl Wurst, who landed in North America in 1848 [2]
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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 [3]
  • H. R. Wurst, American Republican politician, Mayor of Gladstone, Missouri, 1965-67 [3]
  • Edward L. Wurst, American politician, Representative from Minnesota 6th District, 1944 [3]
  • Conchita Wurst (b. 1988), stage name of Thomas "Tom" Neuwirth, an Austrian pop recording artist and drag queen

  • Heinrich Wurst (b. 1920), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck (1941) during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he survived the sinking [4]

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details

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