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Wiens (Wienss, Wientz, Winantz, Wynes), a family name likely of Dutch origin, was found among the Mennonites of Danzig and Prussia as early as 1568. By 1607 the name was occurring in Tiegenhagen, Ladekopp, Rosenort, Fürstenwerder, Heubuden, and Danzig. Before World War II the name ranked third among the Mennonites of Prussia, having 355 representatives.

Peter Wiens was director of the Halbstadt School of Commerce in Russia. Kornelius A. Wiens was teacher of the Halbstadt Zentralschule and suffered under Soviet persecution. P. G. Wiens was a missionary in India; Jakob B. Wiens of the General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM) was the founder of the Ebenfeld Mennonite Church in Saskatchewan. F. B. Wiens (GCM) was an educator in Russia and his son Jacob B. Wiens was an elder at the First United Mennonite Church (GCM) of Vancouver.

Bibliography

Crous, Franz. "Mennonitische Familien in Zahlen." Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter (August 1940): 41.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: "Wiens."

Reimer, Gustav E. Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof, 1940: 120.

Schroeder, H. H. Russlanddeutsche Friesen. Döllstadt-Langensalza, 1936: 99.


Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published April 1959


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Krahn, Cornelius. "Wiens family name." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 1959. Web. 30 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wiens_family_name&oldid=78834.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (April 1959). Wiens family name. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wiens_family_name&oldid=78834.




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