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 Family Origin

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Wise Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    5%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Annuitant

    2%

In 1881, the most common Wise occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Wise's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Wise family was Annuitant. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wise.

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Wise Historical Records

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Wise Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wise

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