Vise History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Vise surname is thought to be derived from the Old French word "devise," meaning a "dweller at the boundary." It falls into the class of local names, that is, names derived from a place where the original bearer once lived or held land. It is plausible that some bearers of Vise took the name from one of several places in England: Viza in Ashwater, county Devon, Vyse Wood in Morthoe, county Devon, or Devizes in Wiltshire.

Early Origins of the Vise family

The surname Vise was first found in Sussex, where Robert atte Vise was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for that county in the year 1327. [1] "Vyse is the name of an old Elstree family. John Vyse was vicar of Willian in the reign of Henry VIII. " [2]

Early History of the Vise family

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Vise Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Devise, Vises,Vize, Vise, Vice and others.

Early Notables of the Vise family (pre 1700)

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United States Vise migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vise Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Vise, and indentured servant on record in West New Jersey in 1772
Vise Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Vise, who arrived in New York city in 1822

Canada Vise migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vise Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Vise, who was recorded in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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