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Waibel Coat of Arms / Waibel Family Crest

Waibel Coat of Arms / Waibel Family Crest

The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. (Waibl). This German surname of WAIBEL is of two-fold origin. It was an official name for a court official or beadle. It was also an occupational name for a weaver of cloth, or one who was the inspector who was required to stamp his approval on cloth. Many crafts were required regarding cloth and wool, first from the shearing of sheep to the finished article. The occupation of the officer whose duty it was to inspect all cloths for proper quality and length and attach his seal of approval, was an unpopular official. It was known in the Middle Ages that such a person could be mobbed and mortally wounded, should his sanction not be given. The name has numerous variant spellings which include WEBER, WEHBER, WOBER, WABER, WEVER, WEFER, WEBEL and WEVEL. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. A notable member of the name was Ernst Heinrich WEBER (1795-1878) the German physiologist, born in Wittenberg, brother of Wilhelm WEBER. As professor of anatomy (1818) and physiology (1840) at Leipzig, he devised a method of determining the sensitivity of the skin. Surnames are divided into four categories, from occupations, nicknames, baptismal and locational. All the main types of these are found in German-speaking areas, and names derived from occupations and from nicknames are particularly common. A number of these are Jewish. Patronymic surnames are derived from vernacular Germanic given names, often honouring Christian saints. Regional and ethnic names are also common. The German preposition 'von (from) or 'of', used with habitation names, is taken as a mark of aristocracy, and usually denoted proprietorship of the village or estate from where they came.


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