Wise Family History

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Wise Name Meaning

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’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Wish, Wire, Wiese, Wile, Wiss, Fish, Rise, Vise, West, Dise

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Wise Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wise name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wise. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Wise Family Origin

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Wise Family Occupations

What did your Wise ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Wise occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Wise's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wise. A less common occupation for the Wise family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Wise ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Wise Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 434,000 census records available for the last name Wise. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wise census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Wise. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 75,000 military records available for the last name Wise. For the veterans among your Wise ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wise Life Expectancy

What is the average Wise lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wise life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wise in 1940 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wise ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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