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About the von Wiesen surname

German: habitational name from any of various places so named, for example near Aschaffenburg. German: topographic name from Middle High German wise ‘meadow’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): probably an ornamental adoption of German Wiesen ‘meadows’.

The term von is used in German language surnames either as a nobiliary particle indicating a noble patrilineality, or as a simple preposition used by commoners that means of or from.

Fonvizin or Fonvisin in Russia

At the end of the 16th century, after the Livonian War, Ivan IV of Russia invited Peter von Wiesen from the Livonian Brothers of the Sword into Russian service and granted him some landed property. In the 17th century his descendants wrote their surnames as von Wiesen and Ivan Andreevich Fonvizin was the first in the family of the Fonvizins, who began to write his surname precisely as "Fonvizin" (until the 18th century von Wiesen was used).


  1. Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

External links:

  1. Genealogy of the Fon-Vizins