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Wisehan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The origins of the Wisehan surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who 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 Wisehan family


The surname Wisehan was first found in Essex where they held a family seat, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Wisehan family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wisehan research.
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Wisehan Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Wisehan has been spelled many different ways, including Wiseman, Wyseman, Wysman, Wisman and others.

Early Notables of the Wisehan 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...
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Migration of the Wisehan family to Ireland


Some of the Wisehan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wisehan family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Wisehans to arrive in North America: 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.

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