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Wesner Coat of Arms / Wesner Family Crest

Wesner Coat of Arms / Wesner Family Crest

The German surname of WESNER is a topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of meadowland, originally derived from the Old German word WISA. The name is also spelt WEISEL, WEISER, WIESENER, WIESEMANN, INTERWEIS, WIESENBERG (meadow hill) WIESENFELD (meadow-field) and WIESENGRUND (meadow ground). Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking), the vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking), the vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. A great number of immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism. Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity. A notable member of the name is Torsten Nils WEISEL, born in 1924, the Swedish neurobiologist and joint winner of the 1981 Nobel prize for physiology and medicine.


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last updated on: September 13 2018

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