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Re: Origin of Weigold surname
Posted by: Siegfried Weigold (ID *****6778) Date: January 06, 2003 at 05:32:57
In Reply to: Origin of Weigold surname by Joanne Dufty of 27

Hi Joanne
I have some information about my surname "Weigold".
The name is an old german one.Some hundred years ago, germans had only one name.Normally this name was a combination of two substantives.The two parts of "Weigold"
Wigu means:Struggle,battle and fight.
Walt means:reign,administer.
Usually the old names are difficult to translate.
The further development was:Wikelt
->this is a short form of Wiguwalt.
The name Wikelt was also used as a first name.Today this first name is not used.In the 13th century germans named themselves with surnames.Often they took first names.So Wikelt become a Surname.In the year of 1525 there was a reform of the german language.The long "i" was transformed into "ei".
So the name was "Weikelt".In further times it developed into "Weigold",becouse of missing of quite-write regulate
and the several german dialects.Today in germany 600 times the name "Weigold" is written in the phonebook.The avarage of a german surname is 400.In the US the number of "Weigold" is about 200 families.
Greatings from germany,happy new year:Siegfried Weigold!
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