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The name Wisdom is derived from the Old English word "wisdom" which means "wisdom, learning." Some of the first records of the name reveal Durand Wisdom who was listed in a census in 1198 and Gilbert Wysdom who was listed in another census in 1243.

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The surname Wisdom was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Cornwood in that shire, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Reginald of Cornwood was tenant of these lands from the Norman noble, Count of Mortain, and included three unbroken mares, ten cattle, and twenty two goats.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wisdom, Wisedom, Wisbom, Wistow and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wisdom research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1295 is included under the topic Early Wisdom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Wisdom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Wisdom family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wisdom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Wisdom, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • John Wisdom, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Thomas Wisdom settled in Barbados in 1682
  • John Wisdom settled in Pennsylvania in 1682

Wisdom Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Wisdom, who landed in New England in 1733
  • Catherine Wisdom settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Solomon H Wisdom, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799

Wisdom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Wisdom, aged 29, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1845

Wisdom Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Hester Wisdom, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Obediah Wisdom, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Wisdom Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Wisdom arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • Catherine Wisdom arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • Alfred Wisdom arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • Elizabeth Wisdom arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • John Nicholas Wisdom arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
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Wisdom Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Wisdom, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
  • Emma Wisdom, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
  • William Wisdom, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
  • WIlliam C. Wisdom, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Henry Wisdom, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
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  • Robert Wisdom (b. 1953), American actor, best known for his roles in Face/Off (1997), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Ray (2004)
  • Andre Alexander Shaquille Wisdom (b. 1993), English footballer
  • Sir Norman Wisdom OBE (1915-2010), English BAFTA Award winning comedian, clown, singer and actor; his last appearances were on Last of the Summer Wine and Coronation Street
  • John Minor Wisdom (1905-1999), American Republican politician from Louisiana, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Arthur John Terence Dibben Wisdom (1904-1993), British philosopher who extended the work of G.E. Moore, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Sigmund Freud
  • Sir Robert Wisdom KCMG (1830-1888), born in Blackburn, Lancashire, he emigrated to Australia in 1834 with his parents and rose to become Attorney General of New South Wales
  • Jack Wisdom (b. 1953), Professor of Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Olli Wisdom, British music artist
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    Other References

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    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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    The Wisdom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wisdom 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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