Last name: Wiseman

This long-established surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "wys", meaning "wise", and "mann", a man, and was originally given as a nickname to a wise and learned man, perhaps one who was regularly consulted by other village inhabitants on matters pertaining to law or business transactions. The surname was first recorded in the mid 12th Century (see below), and other early recordings include: Roger Wyseman, who appeared in the Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire, dated 1273, and John Wysman, listed in the 1379 Poll Tax Returns Records of Yorkshire. Recordings from Staffordshire Church Registers include: the marriage of John Wyseman and Joanne Wood at the Church of St. Mary, Lichfield, on February 5th 1585, and the christening of Abrahamns, son of Johanis and Margaretae Wiseman, at the Church of St. Michael's, Tatenhill, on November 2nd 1634. In June 1635, Katherin Wiseman, aged 19 yrs., embarked from London on the ship "Thomas and John" bound for Virginia; she was one of the earliest recorded namebearers to settle in America. Richard Wiseman, was principal surgeon to Charles 11 in 1672. John Wiseman married Elizabeth Chidley at the Church of St. Mary, Staffordshire, on November 18th 1776. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Lewin Wisman which was dated 1154, in "Records of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds", Suffolk, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Bryan Wiseman

Years ago I had a friend who owned a Rare Book Shop... he showed me a large old book on Surnames, I can't remember if it was from the 1500's or the 1700's. It said the name Wiseman was first recorded in 300 BC. A woman was left with child and so she named the child, Wiseman.

Gary Wiseman Jr.

There are Wiseman's in Ohio USA too lol

Gina wiseman
My father was Roy wiseman and from wickhambrook in Suffolk would love to know more about my surname

alex wiesman
i was looking up the wiseman family tree when i stumbleded across this i was amazed at the facts i found

Adam Wiseman
Hi all I stumbled across these comments as I am trying to find out a bit more about my ancestry. I was watching a television programme about bomber command and there was a gentleman featured called Andy Wiseman. Andy looks very much like my grandfather (now deceased, Raymond Wiseman) and Andy stated that he is Jewish. My Grandad, Raymond, had very dark hair, eyes and was olive skinned, much like Andy on this programme. The programme got me wondering whether there is any jewish ancestry in my family as I had always thought that my name was anglo saxon. My great grandfather was Charles Wiseman and he came from Essex, he moved to Birmingham after meeting my great nan whilst injured and hospitalised in Birmingham during the first world war. Would be great to find out more info. Cheers

Kreniece Wiseman
hi adam. i have dark hair, im olive/light skinned, i have brown almond shaped eyes. my dad's side of the family is Wiseman and his ancestors are from Scotland/England but we're from the caribbean.

Bryan Wiseman

Adam, my great great grandfather was a merchant and came to Australia in 1835 from Ireland. My father Henry Haviland Wiseman, his brother Thomas and sister Ruby were called dark skinned... although I would say olive-skinned. I am 67 and although I have 2 brothers and two sisters, I will be the last in the line to carry the Wiseman surname from our family tree. Good luck in your search.x

Hi, my name is Michael. My great-grandmothet (nana) madien name is wiseman. reba wiseman. her mother sarah wiseman came over to America, and settled in Philadelphia, PA. not totally sure where she came from, but I'm pretty sure it was somewhere by england, or the united kingdom. I can tell you for sure that wiseman is jewish.

i'm pretty sure that john wiseman is my great great grandfather. I am from SVG and records proved that he came to st.vincent as a leiuitenant. My grandmother's name is Litha Wiseman. will post more information as i research more..

my grandmothers name is Margaret wiseman she was married to john(jack) wiseman and lived in middlesbrough were my nan still lives, this is very interesting :)

What about Weizmann this sounds like the name and is Jewish can any one help on this

My grandmother's maident name was Wiseman and her father's name was Samuel Wiseman and her mohter's name was Eliza. Her name was Flora and she had two sisters and two brothers - Kezia, Esther, Harry and Albert. She was born in Oldham in Lancs but was brought up on the Isle of Dogs, London E14. There has been much debate in the family as to whether they were Jewish or not - I can remember once asking my gran if she was and she was most offended - which in the post war years is not surprising in East End London as there was still a lot of sensitivity to Jewishness. Any news or info re: members of the family - would be really appreciated. Many thanks

Kreniece Wiseman
Doris i have a strong feelin we're cousins...plz contact me :)

Hi I am also from SVG and is a descendant of a Wiseman. My great great grandfather was originally from Scotland. He was a Lieutenant and died in 1821 in SVG.

Kreniece Wiseman
hi. im from St.vincent and the Grenadines and i'm a Wiseman myself. interesting information I must say.....

Steve Wiseman
There are several groups of Wiseman in the UK, mainly located in East Anglia, Coventry, Yorkshire ( Kettlewell), Lancashire and Cumberland

My great great grandfather was a Wiseman originally from Scotland.

pauline thorn
and your name "brown" is big in the eastend originally too

pauline thorn
It is jewish, sorry is from the germanic jews, perhaps even russia before germany ,escapees.They came to the eastend uk, cockney area as migrants 1066 and were well established there before the war escapees in the 1940s from germany.Jews are very good with money and business, theyre good investors.The original spellings were like weissman and weiss.Wiseman came from this spelling.

Eli Wisman

i carry the same last name and that comes from my great grand father who wasa rabbi ( hacham or hakham in hebrew which means wise man)

C. Thomas-Brown
I am an ordained minister and have recently found out that my grandmother was born into the Wiseman family in Jamaica. The wiseman family are reported to be one of the oldest slave owning family on the Island. I thought the name was Jewish but am please to find out it has anglo saxon origins and am keen to learn more about the origins of the name