Show ContentsWissel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wissel family

The surname Wissel was first found in Somerset where Osbert le Wistler was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1243. [1]

"This surname is derived from a nickname. 'the whistler,' one who was constantly whistling. The sobriquet would readily fasten itself upon the bearer, and as it denoted a cheery spirit would not be unacceptable to the nominee." [2] [3]

Alternatively, some sources note that the name could have been an occupational name for someone who "blew a pipe." [4] [5]

Continuing our quest through early English rolls, we note that Thomas le Whistlar was listed in Somerset, 9 Edward II (during the ninth year of King Edward II's reign) [6] and the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 includes Johannes Whisteler as holding lands there at that time. [2]

Early History of the Wissel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wissel research. Another 210 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1607, 1608, 1619, 1626, 1648, 1652, 1653, 1654, 1659, 1674, 1678, 1682, 1683, 1684 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Wissel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wissel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whistler, Whissler, Whistle, Whissle, Wissell, Wisseller, Wisseler, Whistle, Wisle, Wissel, Wisel, Wissell, Whisseller, Whissel, Wistlecraft and many more.

Early Notables of the Wissel family

Distinguished members of the family include Daniel Whistler (1619-1684), an English physician of Elvington, Oxfordshire, Gresham Professor of Geometry (1648), President of the College of Physicians (1683.) He was the son of William Whistler of Elvington, Oxfordshire, and was born at Walthamstow in Essex. "On 13 June 1648 he was elected professor of geometry at Gresham College, and was at the same time Linacre reader at Oxford. He took care of wounded seamen in the Dutch war of 1652, and in October 1653 was desired to accompany...
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United States Wissel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wissel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Wissel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1728
  • Carl Wissel, who settled in Winterhill, Massachusetts in 1778
  • Carl Wissel, who landed in America in 1778 [7]
  • Georg Wissel, who arrived in America in 1780 [7]
  • Ferdinand Wissel, who arrived in America in 1782 [7]
Wissel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Wissel, who arrived in Illinois in 1850
  • A Wissel, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [7]
  • Frederick Wissel, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [7]
  • Ludwig Wissel, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [7]
  • Valentine Wissel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wissel (post 1700) +

  • Charles C. Wissel, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Queens County 1st District, 1899-1900 [8]
  • Christian Wissel, German physicist and professor
  • Adolf Wissel (1894-1973), German painter
  • Maximilian "Max" Wissel (b. 1989), German racing driver

  • Georg Wissel (1922-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [9]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  5. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  6. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  7. 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)
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from
  9. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook