When Johann Friedrich Westphal was born on 1 February 1873, in Brusque, Santa Catarina, Brazil, his father, Christian Friedrich Heuer Westphal, was 43 and his mother, Anna Dorothea Albrecht, was 33. He married Wilhelmine Caroline Todt on 16 April 1898, in Brusque, Santa Catarina, Brazil. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 29 November 1928, in Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil, at the age of 55.
Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Otto, Klaus, Reinhard, Ernst, Hans, Heinz, Uwe, Bernd, Christoph, Dietrich, Erhardt.
German and Dutch: habitational name for someone from Westphalia in Germany, from Middle High German, Middle Low German Westvāl. Compare Westfahl .