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The German surname of WEIST 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'. 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 WIEST, 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 minor notable of the name is Erwin Leon WIEST, born on the 26th September, 1926. He is an Attorney, the City Attorney for Herreid, South Dakota, and States Attorney for Campbell County, South Dakota since 1957. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization. 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.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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