The name Wisnam is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone 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 Wisnam family
The surname Wisnam was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wisnam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wisnam 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 Wisnam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wisnam Spelling Variations
Wisnam has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Wisnam have been found, including Wiseman, Wyseman, Wysman, Wisman and others.
Early Notables of the Wisnam 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 Wisnam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wisnam family to Ireland
Some of the Wisnam 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 Wisnam family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Wisnams to arrive on North American shores: 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.