Last name: Weiss
This is a famous German surname. Recorded in many forms including Weis, Weiss, Weisz, Weisse, Weissman, Vesiman, Vaisman, Veisser and as the prefix to "ornamental" surnames such as Weissbaum, Weissbecher, Weissburg, and many others, this is an ancient German surname of several possible origins. It is cognate with the British surname "White", and as such was originally a baptismal name of endearment for a child with fair hair or pale complexion, or it was an ethnic name for a Scandanavian Viking, or it may have been a medieval nickname for a person with white or grey hair, at a time when to reach the age of forty was exceptional. It is not surprising that it is one of the first of all German surnames to be recorded, and arguably one of the first surnames anywhere in the world, although Erich Albus of Zurich, Switzerland in the year 968 a.d., a Latin form, would certainly not have recognised his name as being any sort of surname, it was simply as an easy description of Erich the White! In Germany Ricardus Weisse appears in the charters of Illesheim in the year 1322, whilst Claus Wisemann is recorded in the city of Strasburg in 1333.
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My Nan's name was Anne Weiss who lived in shardend Birmingham England looking for anyone who may have a connection
My Nan was called Margaret Weiss, but married my grandad so took his name. She lived in England to get away from the war, but missed home. She passed away when i was only 2 so i dont remember her. I would love to find my family in Germany, they live in Bonn.
my name is christopher bennett i was born christopher weis but i was adopted my mums name is maria soltaz weis i would love to find her