The earliest origins of the Wisebairn surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was 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.
Early Origins of the Wisebairn family
The surname Wisebairn was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wisebairn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wisebairn research.Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1232, 1296, 1305, 1513, 1629, 1688, 1677, 1685, 1632, 1712, 1661 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Wisebairn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wisebairn Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Wisebairn are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wisebairn include: Wiseman, Wyseman, Wysman, Wisman and others.
Early Notables of the Wisebairn family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Simon Wyssman, knighted in 1513 by King Henry 8th as a result of Sir John's bravery in action at the Battle of Spurs in the Hundred
Years War; Sir Thomas Wiseman... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wisebairn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wisebairn family to Ireland
Some of the Wisebairn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wisebairn family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wisebairn or a variant listed above: 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.