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. (Weinhart). This surname of WEINHARDT is an occupational name for a producer or seller of wine, derived originally from the Old German WEIN. The name was also adopted by Ashkenazic Jews, largely recollecting the prominence of wine in the Jewish Scriptures and its use in Jewish ceremonies. It has been suggested that the surname has been adopted because of the symbolic association of the vine with the Hebrew personal name ISRAEL (they shall thoroughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine) Jeremiah. 6:9, but since wine is mentioned over nine hundred times in the Jewish scriptures it is almost impossible to explain which reference there is to this name. During the Middle Ages the manufacture and fermenting of wines and ale was necessary in every small village. Ale was the people's food in liquid form, and was consumed by everybody at all times. The extreme poverty of the Franciscans when they first settled in London was noted by a writer at the time 'I have seen the brothers drink ale so sour that some would have preferred to drink water'. In early times each villager usually brewed his own drink although he often had to pay the lord of the manor for the privilege of using his equipment. In later times the manufacture of ales and wine became an important monastic industry. The name is also spelt WIEN, WEINER, WEINMAN, WEINERMAN, WAINERMAN, VEINER, WEINBACH and WEINSTOCK to name but a few. A notable member of the name was Wilhelm WIEN (1864-1928), the German physicist, born in Gaffken in East Prussia. He became professor at Aachen, Giessen, Wurzburg and finally Munich (1920). In 1911 he was awarded the Nobel prize for physics for his work on the radiation of energy from black bodies. His research also covered X-rays and hydrodynamics.
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