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Wise, Wiseman Surname and variants

A group designed for the research and discussion of the Wise, Wyse, Wiseman, Wyseman, Weiss, Weissman families and variants of the name. Feel free to start a new topic or join one already in progress. See featured group toipc for other variants.

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Latest Activity: Apr 30, 2019

Wise
English: nickname for a wise or learned person, or in some cases a nickname for someone suspected of being acquainted with the occult arts, from Middle English wise ‘wise’ (Old English wis). This name has also absorbed Dutch Wijs, a nickname meaning ‘wise’, and possibly cognates in other languages.
Americanized form of German and Jewish Weiss ‘white’.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Weiss
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with white hair or a remarkably pale complexion, from Middle High German wiz ‘white’, German weiss.
German: variant of Weis.
German: habitational name from any of various places named Weis(s) or Weissen.
German: from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with wig ‘battle’ or widu ‘wood’ as the first element.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Weis
German: nickname from Middle High German wis(e) ‘wise’, ‘clever’, ‘experienced’, Middle Low German wis.
Respelling of German and Jewish Weiss.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Wiseman
English and Scottish: nickname for a wise man, from Wise + man ‘man’.
Americanized spelling of German Weismann.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Weismann
German: nickname from Middle High German wis(e) ‘wise’, ‘clever’, ‘experienced’ + man ‘man’.
Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Weissmann.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Weissmann
German: from Weiss, with the addition of Middle High German man ‘man’.
Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with white hair or a pale complexion, from German weiss ‘white’ + Mann.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Discussion Forum

My Wise/Wyse connection 4 Replies

Started by Claude P Perry II. Last reply by Kenneth Dixon Apr 30, 2019.

Peter Wise (not Peter Miller Wise)

Started by Amy Adolph Nov 4, 2018.

Wise Family Banbury Oxfordshire 1 Reply

Started by Sylvia Back. Last reply by Wendy Wise Jan 28, 2011.

 

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