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Weisel Coat of Arms / Weisel Family Crest

Weisel Coat of Arms / Weisel Family Crest

The German surname of WEISEL is a nickname for someone with white-hair or a pale complexion. In some cases the name may have been a medieval given name 'the son of HWITA'. Nicknames usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. 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. Other spellings of the name include WESSADLER (white eagle), WEISSBAUM, WEISBOM, WAISSBAUM (white tree), WEISBONE (white bone), WEISENBREM (white eyebrow), WEISSBRUN (white brown) and WEISSBURG (white town), to name but a few. 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. German or Teutonic heraldry extended its sphere of influence over central Europe and spread into Scandinavia. It is most notable for its design and treatment of crests, most of which reflect the arms in the charge or tinctures (colours) or both, which is unknown in British heraldry. Teutonic Europe assembled many arms on a single shield, each bearing its corresponding crest on a helmet. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.


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