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. This surname of WENIGER is a German and Ashkenazic Jewish nickname for a small or insignificant man. The name was derived from the German word WENIG (little). Other spellings of the name include WENGER, WENIG and WEINIGER. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. 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. Many families from Germany emigrated to the United States in the early 1800's and in 1868 Maria WENGER, a daughter of Joseph WENGER was united in marriage to a Mr. Denlinger. They were both leading members of the Old Mennonite Church in which faith they carefully reared their family. They were generous contributors, and when the Mellinger Church was built, Mr Denlinger was an active member of the building committee.
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