A definition for the name Wagner - 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. The German surname is also well established in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, eastern Europe, and elsewhere as well as in German-speaking countries.
The German territory of Silesia is the noble birthplace of the surname Wagner. The name is derived from the Middle High German term "wagener", meaning "one who drives or makes wagons", and would likely have been initially borne by a wheelwright or carriage maker.
First found in Yorkshire where they were anciently seated as Lords of the Manor. Some of the first settlers of this family name or some variants were settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.