Wiswell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Wiswell family

The surname Wiswell 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.

Early History of the Wiswell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiswell research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1190, 1296, 1601, 1683, 1637 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Wiswell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wiswell Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Wiswell are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Wiswell include: Haswell, Hasswell, Hastwell and others.

Early Notables of the Wiswell family (pre 1700)

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


United States Wiswell migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wiswell or a variant listed above:

Wiswell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • O Wiswell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wiswell (post 1700) +

  • T. C. Wiswell, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington at-large, 1904 [2]
  • M. P. Wiswell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1932 [2]
  • James A. Wiswell, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives, 1862-64, 1872 [2]
  • Andrew P. Wiswell (d. 1906), American Republican politician, Justice of Maine State Supreme Court, 1893-1900; Chief Justice of Maine State Supreme Court, 1900-06 [2]

Halifax Explosion
  • Master Peter  Wiswell (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [3]
  • Master John  Wiswell (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [3]
  • Master Joseph Henry  Wiswell (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [3]
  • Master Patrick Charles Enwright  Wiswell (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [3]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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