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  • Alexander Wisdom (1879 - 1981)
    Reference: FamilySearch Genealogy - SmartCopy : Nov 24 2020, 6:48:31 UTC * Reference: FamilySearch Genealogy - SmartCopy : Nov 24 2020, 6:53:07 UTC
  • Ann White (1714 - c.1791)
    Ann Wisdom==* Birth: Circa 1714 - King and Queen County, Virginia* Death: 1816 - Orange County, VA* Parents: John Wisdom, Ann Collins* Husband: John White* Children: Mary White, Thomas White, Conyers W...
  • Ann Wisdom (c.1680 - c.1728)
    Ann Miller==* b. 1680, Spotsylvania, Virginia* d. 1728, Orange, Virginia* Parents: Thomas Miller, DorothyMarried # 1697 in Gloucester, Virginia to Francis Wisdom b. 1676, Petsworth, Gloucester, Virgini...
  • Ann Wisdom (deceased)
    notes==I have Ann Collins of VA. as John Wisdom's wife and a list of 15 children. Including my 7th great grandmother, Rachel BRADLEY who married John thomas BRADLEY. I have read Ann's will and it menti...
  • Elizabeth Wisdom (c.1613 - 1636)
    Updated from MyHeritage Match via husband John Wisdom by SmartCopy : Oct 8 2014, 9:15:08 UTC

About the Wisdom surname

he primary source of this very interesting and long-established surname is the Olde English pre 7th Century "wisdom", wisdom, learning, originally given as a nickname to a wise or learned person, or in some cases, to someone suspected of being acquainted with the occult arts. Nicknames from a sizeable group of early European surnames and were given, in the first instance, with reference to physical attributes, mental and moral characteristics, and to habits of dress and occupation. Nicknames such as Patience and Wisdom may furthermore have been acquired by someone who had represented these abstract values in a medieval morality play. A second distinct source for the surname suggested by Lower in his "Patronymica Britannica" is an estate in Cornwood, Devonshire; recorded as "Wisdome" in 1618, and possibly as "Wymesdone" at an earlier date. Wisedom Farm in Drewsteignton, Devonshire, noted as "Wisdoms" in 1464, was probably named from an owner called Wisdom. Early forms of the name abound in the 1273 Hundred Rolls of Somerset, and include: "Wysdom, Wysdam" and "Wysdem". In 1327, one Robert Wisdom was noted in the Pipe Rolls of Somerset, and in 1377, Thomas Wisdom, M.P. for Wilton, was recorded in the Close Rolls of Wiltshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Durand Wisdom, which was dated 1198, in the "Pipe Rolls of Essex", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "Richard the Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. 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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