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Where did the English Wisman family come from? What is the English Wisman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wisman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wisman family history?Wisman is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a wise or learned person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English words wis, meaning wise or knowledgable, and man, meaning man.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wisman were recorded, including Wiseman, Wyseman, Wysman, Wisman and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wisman research. Another 355 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1232, 1296, 1305, and 1513 are included under the topic Early Wisman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wisman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Wisman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 104 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Wisman family emigrate to North America: Henry and Catherine Wiseman, who settled in Maryland in 1634; John Wiseman, who settled in Virginia in 1652; Henry Wiseman, who settled in Maryland in 1719.
The Wisman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wisman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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