Patronymic, shortened form for the first name of “Wijnand/ Wienand/ Wieneke/ Winantz” (Old Germanic name = “brave in battle”); the name was not uncommon in the regions of the lower Rhine.
Variants of this name appeared among the early Mennonite martyrs: five of them, including Mayor Jakob van Wynssen, were executed on the market-place of Deventer (Holland) in 1535; in 1573 a Maeyken Wens was burned at the stake in Antwerp; and in 1561 a Harems (Hermann) Wines, a refugee from Cologne, fled to Danzig. Presumably the latter heads up the family tree of the Mennonite Wiens Family. According to Stumpp 68 Wiens families emigrated from West Prussia to Russia. Among the first immigrants was Abraham Wiens, from Danzig, who went to Russia in 1788, presumably the last was Peter Wiens, who went in 1881 to Molotschna.
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