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Wisen Family History

Wisen Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Wien, Eisen, Wise, Wiesen, Widen, Wiser, Risen, Wigen, Wilen, Olsen

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Where is the Wisen family from?

You can see how Wisen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wisen family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Wisen families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 9 Wisen families living in Michigan. This was about 26% of all the recorded Wisen's in the USA. Michigan had the highest population of Wisen families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wisen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wisen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wisen. 48% of Wisen men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Wisen women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wisen were Contractor and Bookeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    48%
  • Miner
    18%
  • Proprietor
    12%
  • Contractor
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    50%
  • Bookeeper
    50%
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What Wisen family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Wisen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wisen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 377 immigration records available for the last name Wisen. 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 Cards

There are 128 military records available for the last name Wisen. For the veterans among your Wisen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wisen lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Wisen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wisen in 1948 was 46, and 99 in 2004.

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