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First off, here is general information I have encountered on this name, and will post detailed postings on my family line in the future. Apologies to all who will may find this a bit too basic.
In my Dayton OH experience, the first syllable is pronounced with the Americanized "long A" as found in "Wait, cake, date," and a "soft W". Hence, "Weights-man"
But there have been certainly be occasions in my family with the more Germanic "ai" or "eye" sound as found in "Mainz, white, Eisenhauer." Hence, "Vites-man."
This second pronunication has led to name being mispelled as Weitzman by non-family members. A souvenier booklet for Our Lady of the Rosary Parish (Dayton OH), included a certain "Weitzman" as one of the early parishioners; my great Uncle had a ceremonial sword for the Knights of St. John engraved with his name at Jos. Weitzman. In both cases, we know these are incorrect, MIS-spellings of the family name. There are multiple occasions when different records show different spellings - but Waitzman is it.
My particular line are Roman Catholics from Baden-Wurtenburg area, reputedly near Stuttgardt. The LDS site lists many Waitzman in this area, baptised per the Catholic Church records.
My great great grandfather John Waitzman (b.18?? d.29-Sept-1931) of Baden. He was the only one of his family to come to the U.S. He married Catherine Franz/Frantz (d.18?? d.Easter Sunday, 1933)in Dayton OH and had many children. His son Frank, was my grandfather. Ruth Waitzman is my mother.
There is another Waitzman line that seems to be Jewish, and from elsewhere. Certainly there are others. In our Waitzman family reunion in the mid-1980's, we enjoyed some adopted Korean children - complete with the Waitzman surname.
It will be interesting to see how these many lines intersect and connect.
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