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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.

Wurster Early Origins



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.

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Wurster Spelling Variations


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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.

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Wurster Early History


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Wurster Early History



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

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Wurster Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wurster Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wurster 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:

Wurster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Friederich Wurster, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Hans Jacob Wurster arrived in America in 1752
  • Hans Jacob Wurster, who landed in America in 1752

Wurster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Fred Wurster, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Mathias Wurster was recorded as having arrived in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Matthias Wurster, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Ludwig Wurster, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Ludwig Wurster and Carl, Christian, Christine, Fredrick, Johann and Wilhelm Wurst all arrived in New York, New York in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wurster (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wurster (post 1700)



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

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    4. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Wurster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wurster 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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