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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.

Wisner Early Origins



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.

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Wisner Spelling Variations


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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.

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Wisner Early History


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Wisner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wisner research. Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1333, 1350, 1450, 1456, 1500, 1690, 1702, and 1821 are included under the topic Early Wisner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wisner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wisner Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wisner 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



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
  • Johan Caspar Wisner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Martin Wisner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762

Wisner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • S P Wisner, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Leonard Wisner U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wisner (post 1700)


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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
  • George W. Wisner, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1844, 1846
  • Frank G. II Wisner (b. 1938), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, 1979-82; Egypt, 1986-91; Philippines, 1991-92; India, 1994-97
  • Frank C. Wisner, American Republican politician, Chair of Lewis County Republican Party, 1910
  • Colley B. Wisner, American politician, Mayor of Ionia, Michigan, 1885
  • Chauncey W. Wisner, American politician, Mayor of East Saginaw, Michigan, 1875-77; Supervisor of Bridgeport Township, Michigan, 1881-82
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. 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. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  10. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
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The Wisner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wisner 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.

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