. The surname Wiswell may have also been applied to someone who lived by a spring in a grove of hazel trees.
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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.
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.
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)