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Wisham Early Origins



The surname Wisham was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

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Wisham Spelling Variations


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Wisham Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Wisham have been found, including Wysham, Wisham, Wyshem, Wishem and others.

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Wisham Early History


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Wisham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wisham research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Wisham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wisham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wisham Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Wisham surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Wisham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Simon Wisham, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Conrad Wisham, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wisham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wisham (post 1700)



  • Samuel Wisham, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 7th District, 1928
  • Mary E. Wisham, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1996; Presidential Elector for Louisiana, 1996

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. 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.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 16 November 2015 at 10:00.

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