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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.

Wiswell Early Origins



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.

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Wiswell Spelling Variations


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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.

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Wiswell Early History


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Wiswell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiswell 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 Wiswell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wiswell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wiswell Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiswell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiswell (post 1700)



  • T. C. Wiswell, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington at-large, 1904
  • M. P. Wiswell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1932
  • James A. Wiswell, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives, 1862-64, 1872
  • 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

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Wiswell Historic Events


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Wiswell Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Master Peter  Wiswell (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master John  Wiswell (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Joseph Henry  Wiswell (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Master Patrick Charles Enwright  Wiswell (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Wiswell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wiswell 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 17 November 2015 at 10:18.

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