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Wiswall is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the settlement of Haswell in Hertfordshire. The surname Wiswall may have also been applied to someone who lived by a spring in a grove of hazel trees.

Wiswall Early Origins



The surname Wiswall was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Wiswall Spelling Variations


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Wiswall Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wiswall family name include Haswell, Hasswell, Hastwell and others.

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Wiswall Early History


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Wiswall Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiswall research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1190, 1296, 1601, 1683, 1637 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Wiswall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wiswall Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wiswall Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiswall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Wiswall surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Wiswall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Wiswall, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Ichabod Wiswall, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1644

Wiswall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J Wiswall, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiswall (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiswall (post 1700)



  • R. D. Wiswall, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1920
  • Oliver Wiswall, American politician, Mayor of Hudson, New York, 1827-28; Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1830
  • Leon E. Wiswall, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Marlborough; Elected 1938
  • Frank L. Wiswall, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County 3rd District, 1920; Member of New York State Senate 30th District, 1921-22
  • A. C. Wiswall, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Lincoln County, 1868-69

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    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. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. 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.
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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    The Wiswall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wiswall 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 27 July 2016 at 13:36.

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