Wisner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Wisner is a topographic local name; it is derived from a physical feature of the geography near where the original bearer lived or held land. In this case, the name is derived from the Old German word wisa, which means meadow. The original bearer lived on or near an open meadow.

Early Origins of the Wisner family

The surname Wisner was first found in Silesia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Wisner family

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Wisner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wiese, Wies, Wieser, Wiesen, Wiesa (Silesia), Wiesener, Wiesner, Wisener and many more.

Early Notables of the Wisner family (pre 1700)

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Wisner Ranking

In the United States, the name Wisner is the 7,633rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Wisner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wisner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Wisner, who landed in New York in 1714 [2]
  • Johan Caspar Wisner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
  • Martin Wisner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762 [2]
Wisner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S P Wisner, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]

Canada Wisner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wisner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Leonard Wisner U.E. (b. 1754) from Pensacola, Florida, USA who settled in Shelburne, Nova Scotia c. 1783 he moved on to Georgetown, Prince Edward Island before settling in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island he served in the West Florida Royal Foresters, married to Elizabeth having 3 children he died in 1793 [3]
  • Mr. Leonard Wisner U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wisner (post 1700) +

  • Moses Wisner (1815-1863), American politician, 12th Governor of Michigan (1859-1861)
  • Henry Wisner (1720-1790), American miller and politician, patriot leader during the American Revolution
  • Frank G. Wisner (b. 1938), American businessman and former diplomat, United States Ambassador to India (1994-1997), Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (1993-1994), son of Frank Wisner
  • Frank Wisner (1910-1965), American civil servant, head of Office of Strategic Services operations in southeastern Europe at the end of World War II, father of Frank G. Wisner
  • H. J. Wisner, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1908 [4]
  • George W. Wisner, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1844, 1846 [4]
  • Frank G. II Wisner (b. 1938), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, 1979-82; Egypt, 1986-91; Philippines, 1991-92; India, 1994-97 [4]
  • Frank C. Wisner, American Republican politician, Chair of Lewis County Republican Party, 1910 [4]
  • Colley B. Wisner, American politician, Mayor of Ionia, Michigan, 1885 [4]
  • Chauncey W. Wisner, American politician, Mayor of East Saginaw, Michigan, 1875-77; Supervisor of Bridgeport Township, Michigan, 1881-82 [4]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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