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Please read the Very Important Notice at the bottom of this page.
There is still much more information that is very old and will
be added as it is translated.
Coat of Arms are in the Archives at Darmstadt, Hesse,
Germany. Wannemacher Family Tape 19, Booklet 6.
By Willimine Christine Wannemacher of Darmstadt.
Many thanks to Brigitte Wannemacher. Without her help, it may have not
been possible to secure very valuable information from the Archives in
Darmstadt, any time soon.
The name is an interesting one. There are many versions for the meaning
of this surname. Some are included here. It has occupational origins
meaning winnowing fan, fanning wheel or basket maker, also maker of vats
or tubs. The name can also be traced to the word "wannen" from the
stone for the pigs as troughs. The troughs were called "wannen" and
the ending "macher" is equal to "maker". Later modernized to the
variations of spellings that it is today. Wanamaker, Wannamaker,
Wannemacher, and others. Derivitive of the Latin Vannus. The name comes
from High German, Low German and Old High German dialect. The Latin
word "Vannus" translated into German means "Futterschwinge" which is
feeding trough in English.
Wappen Wannemacher 1656
goldene eine rote zweihenkelige saatwanne.
Auf dem rote-gold bewulsteten Helm mit gleichen decken
facherformig drei goldene ahren.
Sheild: Gold with a two handled red seed tub.
Helm: Red gold veil covered helmet.
Crest: three stalks of grain/wheat fanning out.
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English Copy of the
Patent Letter ~
German Copy of the
Hessische Wappenrolle 1989 - Henrich Wannemacher
Landschrieber/Furstl. Kammerrat Darmstadt
Please read the English version of the Patent above for this Arms.
It is a very important Arms, belonging to Henrich dated 1647. Henrich
was a brother to my ancestor Adam. He was a Land Surveyer, Tax
Collector, simular to a Count, as well Advisor to the Emporer. He owned
his own Ring Insignia Seal, but the photo copy came out very poorly and
can not be colored.
I have descided to open a page with the very earliest known Coat of
Arms which belonged to a Wannemacher. I will attempt to color it as
well. Because it does not include a picture I will use the same 1st.
picture as above. Those of Darmstadt descendants can not claim this as
their own until further research is done to prove our
According to Rule, these Coat of Arms, can not be claimed by a
Wannemacher descendant as their own. We must ask for permission and
Patent them. If we are to use them, they must be changed in some way,
from the original, but in keeping with the same images such as the
wheat and tub. Personally I have included the dates of these so there
will be no mistakes in ownership. Which I can not lay claim to
until I decide to Patent them, but at this time I will not be doing so.
They do not belong to me, they belong to Heinrich Wannemacher.
Even though I have had them Copyrighted to protect them.
We must remember that no same Coat of Arms belong to the same people.
All are unique and all individual. The Ancient Rule was the only one
allowed to carry the same Arms as a Father was his eldest son,
even he had to change his "copy" in some way. If the Father passed
on, then only the eldest son was allowed to assume the original. Women
were not allowed to own the Coat of Arms but they were allowed to own
the Insignia Seal like the one shown on this page.
I stress again that "All" Coats of Arms are different in each and
every family. Because each family has a different Arms we can "Not"
claim them as our own. The original owners name must be inscribed and
included with any Arms we find, unless we have it Patented. To do that,
you will need to prove your lineage all the way back to the original
owner of the Coat of Arms in question.
There are only two Wannemacher Coat of Arms, with the seal, that have
been found belonging to this family Wannemacher in Darmstadt, although
there are claims that are dated older. An Arms dated 1555 is not yet
proven belonging to this family branch. The Arms came from the same
family that Adam Wannemacher (an ancestor of those that came to New
Jersey in 1709-1710) Adam died in 1652, so he did not have claim to
these Arms? We don't know at this time if there may have been an Arms
for Adam. I will continue to search for his Coat of Arms if infact he
had one. Some people did not have a Coat of Arms. He had 3 brothers,
all of which worked directly with the Royal Palace of the Emporer.
This family descends from Hengin Wanmecher. Born 1450 Darmstadt, Hessen,
Germany, near the Rhine River.
Be sure to stop into this link of our very earliest known Wannemacher
Early Wannemacher Ancestors In
1.) Christoffel b. 1587 d. 1640: He was quite famous for his day. He was
an Organist, playing for many important dignataries of the day. An
instrument was created by him and given to the church. It is now in
the Museum in Darmstadt, and can be seen to this day. His descendants
lived in Arheilgen as many do today.
2.) Johann Jost Wannemacher b. 1592 d. 1635: A Guard for the Palace. He
was Leutenant. Translation yet to be finished on him, to be sertain of
his Royal Guard status.
3.) Heinrich Wannemacher b. 1606 d. 1682: The most important of the
brothers and had his own Coat of Arms and his own Insignia. Heinrich
was a Land Surveyer, Tax Collector and Advisor to the Palace.
4.) Adam Wannemacher b. 1609 d. 1652: No title that I can tell so far.
He inherited abundant lands from his ancestors and was very wealthy
by their standards of living. During that time, there were many wars
through out Europe, so there is no doubt the family had lost land over
The father of the four brothers was Wolff Wannemacher b. ? d. 1616.
According to German translation he was a farmer, as well as a maker of
tubs. Wolff's father was Hans (the younger) Wannemacher (b. 1540 d. 1585).
German text shows that Hans (the younger) Wannemacher, was "Burger der
Stadt Darmstadt". In English meaning "Mayor of the city of Darmstadt".
His father Hans (the elder) was born 1500 to Hengin Wanmecher b. 1450.
It also states that Hengin was a very wealthy land owner.
I do "Not" lay claim to these Coats of Arms and Insignia Seal.
Those of us who descend from the Wannemacher family of Darmstadt,
Hesse, Germany may "try" to Patent them, but can not be used otherwise.
To the best of my knowledge, these images of the Arms are real, they are
in written text books stored in the Archives in Darmstadt. All information
was photo copied by Brigitte Wannemacher who lives near Darmstadt and sent
to me as original work. None of what you see has been computer generated nor
manipulated in any way (other than two Coat of Arms colored),
none can be found in any mall generated sale of Arms. All original photo
copies will be added to another page link as time permits.
Images colored with Paint Shop Pro by me, Sherry Koshney Downard
I have done my best to recreate the colors as I believe them to be. They
are simply "my interpretation" and they may not be as they were when
first created and Patented in the 1600's. I do have the black and white
pictures with German text in my possession. If an original colored
version is ever found, they will be posted here. Because we do need
to be as accurate as possible with no surprises.
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Notice that All Wannemacher Descendants Must Read
Pennsylvania Wannemacher's are probably descendants of Hengin
Wanmecher, but the SC branch has not been proven at this time.
Palatines of New York in
1710. Try reading these books written by Henry Z.
Palatines to America
Website once hosted by Ken McCrea who is a Wanamaker descendant of the
Both Websites are equally very important in early German Palatine Research.
Thank you Donna McMahon of Ontario, Canada - for coaching me in the
coloring of the Arms and helping me understand Heraldry a little