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The name Whisenhunt is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a wise or learned person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word wis, meaning wise or knowledgable.

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The surname Whisenhunt was first found in Devon where they held a family seat anciently as Lords of the manor of Greston, at the time of the Conquest in 1066.

Whisenhunt has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Wise, Wyse and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whisenhunt research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1648, 1687, 1668 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Whisenhunt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whisenhunt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Whisenhunt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Whisenhunts to arrive on North American shores: Humphrey Wise settled in Massachusetts in 1620; Hanna Wise settled in Virginia in 1655; Christopher Wise settled in Barbados in 1680; Will Wise settled in Georgia in 1755.

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  • Kathy Whisenhunt, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1996


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sapere aude
Motto Translation: Dare to be wise.

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The Whisenhunt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whisenhunt 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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