Origin of the Name Wise
The origin of the name Wise
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Wise
include Wyse and Wize. These families arrived in England from Normandy in the eleventh century invasion led by William the Conqueror. From there the families spread to Ireland with Strongbow's twelfth century invasion. This name is thus of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are an Elias le Wyse of County Oxfordshire who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Stephen Dring and Patience Wyse were recorded as having been married in Canterbury in the year 1668. The branch of the family who came to Ireland acquired land in County Waterford where they remained extensive landowners for seven centuries. Other families of Wise settled into Ulster Province from Scotland and England, especially during the seventeenth century. This name means 'wise man'.
The Wise coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Wise descendants.