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1600 Johannes Wildeisen, widower, and Catharina Wolfhartin, daughter of Irhart Wolfart, were married on Palm Sunday [March 26], 1600 at Dinckelsbühl, Germany. (Archion)

Johann Wildeisen (approx. 1550 - 1615) built a house in Dinkelsbühl. Johann was a blacksmith by profession. The house was an important inn in Dinkelsbühl for many years. Be sure to visit this Wildeisen website (Germany), which has more history and images. [1]

Research Notes:

Johann Melchior Wildeisen, a son or grandson of Johann, was granted nobility by Emperor Leopold I on December 28, 1687. Three great grandsons of Johann Melchior confirmed that nobility in 1823. [2]

1645 A report by the church custodian Johannes Melchior Wildeisen, dating from about 1645, states that the retable in the Georgskirche had been "of the same sort" as the one "still in use" in the Hospital Church. [3]

1675 An Epitaph for Johann Melchior Wildeisen with a painting of "Jacob's dream of the ladder to heaven" is at the Dinkelsbühl, Evangelical Hospital Church of the Holy Spirit, north wall. [4]

More about Johannes Melchior Wildeisen. [5]

https://www.zobodat.at/pdf/Abhandlungen-Akademie-Bayern_29_0001-0072.pdf has two footnotes:

Wörlen, Handschriftliche Chronik der Stadt Ottingen S. 36 (Bibl. zu Maihingen). Wörlens
Quelle: "Wildeisen (1670—92), Palm- und Lorbeerkranz, Dinkelsbühl".

Wörlen, Handschr. Chron. der Stadt Öttingen S. 69. Quelle Wörlens: Wildeisen S. 269. —

The surname Wildeisen means "wild iron" or "wild ironman". [6]

The last name Wildeisen is derived from the Old German language and is said to have originally meant "wild iron" or "wild ironman". This likely has to do with the fact that it was associated with blacksmiths in the medieval period. Another interpretation for Wildeisen is “fierce conflict”. It could be that this name was given to a powerful blacksmith in the area, or was inspired by a great battle involving such a blacksmith.

The surname Wildeisen is associated with various locations in Germany and Switzerland. It is primarily found in the south-western part of Germany, in areas around the Black Forest and Baden-Wurttemberg. In Switzerland, the surname appears mostly around the region of Zurich and in some Swiss-German speaking regions of the country.

Today, the surname Wildeisen is not frequently found in Germany and Switzerland. However, it is not uncommon to encounter it in other areas around the world, especially among families descended from German or Swiss immigrants.

Overall, the esotericism of the last name Wildeisen has likely been lost over the centuries. Yet, it still remains a proud name associated with a proud and determined people. It resonates with the strength, courage, and determination associated with blacksmiths of old and continues to invoke a certain nostalgia for the rigors and glories of the age when such people were heroes of their respective regions.

1356 "Duke Albrecht [II] of Austria hands over two designated goods to the Gaming Charterhouse as free property in the slag in the parish of Scheibbs in the gate and in the fief on the road, which he bought from Hans and Hertneid, brothers von Wildeisen." No relationship to Wildeisen of Dinkelsbühl is known to us. [7]

Two coats of arms are recorded for Johann Melchior Wildeisen, Bürger und Handelsmann zu Dünkelspühel, Wappenbesserung. [8] [9]

c 1555 A sketch was made for Coats of arms of Hans Wildeisen (relationship unknown) and Heinrich Öchsli of Schaffhausen by the workshop of Hieronymus Lang the elder. This Wildeisen family was perhaps of Switzerland, which is unrelated to the Wildeisen family of Dinkelsbühl and Ulm. [10]


[1] Wildeisen website, [URL].

[2] Archives of Austria, item AT-OeStA/AVA Adel HAA AR 1081.38, [URL].

[3] David E. Wellbery, Judith Ryan, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, editors, A New History of German Literature, "The Image of the Wind", [URL].

[4] Marburg Photo Archive, [URL].

[5] Christian Bürckstümmer, Geschichte der Reformation und Gegenreformation, [URL].

[6] iGENEA website for surname Wildeisen, [URL].

[7] Archives of Austria, [URL].

[8] Arms 1, Archives of Austria, Ref code AT-OeStA/AVA Adel RAA 457.28, [URL].

[9] Arms 2, Archives of Austria, Ref. code AT-OeStA/AVA Adel RAA 457.29, [URL].

[10] Peyersche Tobias Stimmer Foundation website, [URL].