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Updated January 11, 2024

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : nickname for someone with white hair or a remarkably pale complexion, from Middle High German wīz ‘white’, German weiss.
  • German : variant of Weis.
  • German : habitational name from any of various places named Weis(s) or Weissen.
  • German : from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with wīg ‘battle’ or widu ‘wood’ as the first element.

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