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WEISBERG Origin of surname

WEISBERG

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name may be a toponymic (derived from a geographic name of a town, city, region or country). Surnames that are based on place names do not always testify to direct origin from that place, but may indicate an indirect relation between the name-bearer or his ancestors and the place, such as birth place, temporary residence, trade, or family-relatives.

Weisberg ("white mountain" in German) is closely related to Monguelfo in Trentino, Alto Adige (south Tirol), Italy, whose German name is Weisberg, and to Weissenberg in Saxony, east central Germany; Weissenburg/Wissembourg in Alsace, eastern France; Weisweil in Baden, Germany; Stuhlweissenburg/Szekesfehervar in west central Hungary; and Weissenburg/Alba Iulia in Transylvania, central Romania.

Since Berg is a common suffix in surnames of German and Yiddish speakers, the name Weis can also simply be a nickname indicating a person with white hair, beard or skin. Berg, literally "mountain" in German/Yiddish, is a common artificial name in Jewish surnames, that can be found as a prefix (Bergstein) or a suffix (Goldberg). The term Berg is found in many German and other place names. Jews lived since the 13th century in the former Duchy and Grand Duchy of Berg in Westphalia, from which they might have derived Berg as a family name. One family is known to have taken the name Berg as an acronym (a name created from the initial letters of a Hebrew phrase, and which refers to a relative, lineage or occupation) of Ben Reb Gershon ("son of Rabbi Gershon").

Weiss is recorded as a Jewish family name in 1197 in Wuerzburg,Germany, with Samuel Weiss, also known as Albus. Weisswasser is documented in 1678; Weissweiler in 1687; Weisskopf in 1690; Weisweiler in 1700; Weisel and Weiselitz in 1711; Weissweiller in 1743; Weissburg in the 18th century; Weis and Weissenburger in 1808; Weiskopf in 1891; and Waiskof in 1954. In the 20th century, Weisberg is recorded as a Jewish family name with Thain Weisberg, who served in the Australian armed forces during World War I as Thane Whitehill.
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WEISBERG Origin of surname
WEISBERG

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name may be a toponymic (derived from a geographic name of a town, city, region or country). Surnames that are based on place names do not always testify to direct origin from that place, but may indicate an indirect relation between the name-bearer or his ancestors and the place, such as birth place, temporary residence, trade, or family-relatives.

Weisberg ("white mountain" in German) is closely related to Monguelfo in Trentino, Alto Adige (south Tirol), Italy, whose German name is Weisberg, and to Weissenberg in Saxony, east central Germany; Weissenburg/Wissembourg in Alsace, eastern France; Weisweil in Baden, Germany; Stuhlweissenburg/Szekesfehervar in west central Hungary; and Weissenburg/Alba Iulia in Transylvania, central Romania.

Since Berg is a common suffix in surnames of German and Yiddish speakers, the name Weis can also simply be a nickname indicating a person with white hair, beard or skin. Berg, literally "mountain" in German/Yiddish, is a common artificial name in Jewish surnames, that can be found as a prefix (Bergstein) or a suffix (Goldberg). The term Berg is found in many German and other place names. Jews lived since the 13th century in the former Duchy and Grand Duchy of Berg in Westphalia, from which they might have derived Berg as a family name. One family is known to have taken the name Berg as an acronym (a name created from the initial letters of a Hebrew phrase, and which refers to a relative, lineage or occupation) of Ben Reb Gershon ("son of Rabbi Gershon").

Weiss is recorded as a Jewish family name in 1197 in Wuerzburg,Germany, with Samuel Weiss, also known as Albus. Weisswasser is documented in 1678; Weissweiler in 1687; Weisskopf in 1690; Weisweiler in 1700; Weisel and Weiselitz in 1711; Weissweiller in 1743; Weissburg in the 18th century; Weis and Weissenburger in 1808; Weiskopf in 1891; and Waiskof in 1954. In the 20th century, Weisberg is recorded as a Jewish family name with Thain Weisberg, who served in the Australian armed forces during World War I as Thane Whitehill.
Written by researchers of ANU Museum of the Jewish People