The name's origin
As languages know many dialects and evolutions, there is a large variety
of explanations (e.g. dialect German Werlein = a small dike, Werli= diminutive
of Werner, Werl = grasshopper, Werle= gadfly, Werlin = a face with a tumor).
I prefer the following more romantic version: In the 9th century the Emperor
Charles the Great persecuted not christianised Germanics. Documents written
in the year 802 named their hidden resistance camps CASTRUM
From this origins we know places like
WERLE, WERLEBURG, WARLO, WERLAON etc. / And from the same origin medioval
first names WERLI, WERLE, WERLIN and others.
We will never know, if the origin of a familyname
Werlen was the first name of an ancestor or if an ancestor had a link to the
- Before the 18th century the present Werlen were mentioned
in documents also with the names WERLI, WERNLIN, WERENLIN, WERLE, WERLO and
WERLA. Before the 17th century the name Werli was dominant. The family name
WERLEN appears for the first time written in a document in 1313. The document
ist mentioning "three sons of the WERLEN brothers". They were alpine
settlers in the valley of Laterns (Austria) and they came from Switzerland
(from the Goms valley).
- Currently there are worldwide only about 900 WERLEN.
Estimated 600 in Switzerland, 200 in Argentina, 40 in Italy and 60 in other
countries (Germany, USA, Great Britain, France and others).
- The WERLEN share the origin of their name with the
WERLE, WEHRLE, WEHRLI, WERLI, WEHRLI, WARLE, WARLO, WERLIN, WERLINDE, WERLINE,
WERLIG, WERLINGER, WERLINICH, WERLINICK, WERLINK, WERLINKSY, WERLISBAKER,
WERLIUS, WERLITZ, WERLITZER, WERLA, WERLLA, WERLER, WERLLER, WERLIST, WERLMAN,
WERLEMANN, WERLIK, WERLOCK, VERL, VERLA, VERLE, VERLI, VERLIN, VERLAINE and
VARLO. Be aware that sometimes Verl/Werl-Names can have also an other origine.
E.G. Verli as abbreviation of the name Verlinden.
- We know also present first names with the same origin:
VERLAYNE, VERLEAN, VERLE, VERLEAN, VERLEANA, VERLET, VERLETTA, VERLI, VERLICIA,
VERLIN and VERLINA.
- The majority of the present Werl/Verl places derivate
their name from the name of their founder or owner. E.g. Wehrlingen, Werlingen,
Werligen, Zen Werligen = places
in southern Germany and Switzerland foundet between the 6th and 9th century
by Allemanic clan chiefs bearing a Werl name.
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