When Johann Adam Wagner was born on 28 March 1749, in Dielheim, Amt Wiesloch, Baden, his father, Hans Hubert Wagner, was 43 and his mother, Anna Eva Gogel, was 31. He married Catharina Greulich on 3 February 1778, in Horrenberg, Amt Wiesloch, Baden. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 5 November 1809, in Horrenberg, Bezirksamt Wiesloch, Baden, Germany, at the age of 60.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) (also Wägner): occupational name for a carter and (in some dialects) a cartwright, from an agent derivative of Middle High German wagen ‘cart, wagon’, German Wagen. This surname is also established in many other parts of Europe, notably in France (Alsace and Lorraine), Britain, Poland, and Denmark. In Hungary it is mostly spelled Wágner and Vágner. In Russia, Czechia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Slovakia it is also found in the Slavicized form Vagner . Compare Wagener , Waggener , and Wagoner .
Dutch and perhaps also English: occupational name from Middle Dutch waghenaer ‘carter’ (compare 1 above). The Dutch word is not known to have been borrowed into English before 1600 but the surname Wagner is recorded in Norfolk (England) from 1379, perhaps a substitution of the Dutch word for Middle English wainer. Compare Waggoner .