Surname Saturday: Waggonner

kst1969   January 1, 2011   Comments Off on Surname Saturday: Waggonner

From the following information on the origins and meaning of the Wagner surname with its alternate spellings or Waggoner or Wagoner:


Definition: From the Germanic "Waganari," meaning wagonmaker or wagon driver. This common occupational surname was often given to one who transported produce or other goods via high-sided wagons or carts. Among some German populations, especially the Pennsylvania Germans, Wagner also denoted a wagon-maker, wainwright, or cartwright.

Surname Origin: German, English

Alternate Surname Spellings: WAGGONER, WAGONER

The Waggonner surname in my family is from my 2nd Great Grandmother on my father’s side of the family:  Arreve Revy Waggonner who married William Thompson.  For a long time she was one of my major brick wall ancestors as I could really find almost nothing at all about her and then a few weeks ago I did another search on and found another researcher who had her listed with a first husband I hadn’t known before that search.   With some follow-up research, I located marriage licenses and census records to prove the connection and I now know at least a little more of her life!

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