Show ContentsWurster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Wurster family

The surname Wurster 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 Wurster family

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Wurster 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 Wurster 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 Wurster family

Prominent among members of the name Wurster in this period include

  • the von Wurster family of Bavaria

Wurster Ranking

In the United States, the name Wurster is the 11,761st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Wurster 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:

Wurster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Friederich Wurster, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Hans Jacob Wurster, who landed in America in 1752 [2]
Wurster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fred Wurster, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806 [2]
  • Mathias Wurster was recorded as having arrived in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Matthias Wurster, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [2]
  • Ludwig Wurster, aged 22, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Ludwig Wurster and Carl, Christian, Christine, Fredrick, Johann and Wilhelm Wurst all arrived in New York, New York in 1847

Contemporary Notables of the name Wurster (post 1700) +

  • Marguerite Ray Smith Wurster (b. 1916), American librarian
  • Patsy Wurster, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2004 [3]
  • Frederick W. Wurster (1850-1917), American Republican politician, Mayor of Brooklyn, New York, 1896-97 [3]
  • Ernest M. Wurster, American Democratic Party politician, Carriage and wagon dealer; Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1915-21 [3]

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  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 on Facebook