Whisnant 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 word wis,
meaning wise or knowledgeable. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Whisnant family
The surname Whisnant 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. "The ancient knightly family of Wise of Mount Wise in Stoke Damerel (Devonport) was one of the oldest families in the west of England: one of this family was High Sheriff
of Devonshire in 1612." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early History of the Whisnant family
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Whisnant Spelling Variations
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 Whisnant were recorded, including Wise, Wyse and others.
Early Notables of the Whisnant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whisnant family to Ireland
Some of the Whisnant family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Whisnant family to the New World and Oceana
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 Whisnant family emigrate to North America:
Whisnant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- F.M. Whisnant, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "America" from Trieste, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66N-WWY : 6 December 2014), F.M. Whisnant, 08 Sep 1920; citing departure port Trieste, arrival port New York, ship name America, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Whisnant (post 1700)
- Luke Whisnant (b. 1957), American novelist, short story writer and poet
- Gene Whisnant (b. 1943), American Republican politician from the US state of Oregon CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Rebecca Suzanne Whisnant, American associate professor, and the director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at the University of Dayton
The Whisnant Motto
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.