Wyse Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Meaning, Origin, Etymology
The Scottish family name Wyse is classified as being of nickname origin, derived from a personal characteristic associated with the original bearer. Wyse was originally applied to one who was regarded as being “wise,” so called from the Old English “wis.” This is the name of a distinguished Irish family of “old west of England” stock who are regarded as being Anglo-Norman. They descend from Andrew Wyse who came to Ireland during the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1170. For his service, he acquired land in the county of Waterford where the family remained leading landowners for seven centuries. They have long been associated with the city of Waterford where Maurice Wise was the mayor in 1452. From then until Cromwell’s time when Catholics were debarred from holding office, they held this position fifteen times.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Manor of St. John, co. Waterford; descended from Sir Andrew Wyse, who accompanied Richard, Earl of Pembroke (Strongbow), to Ireland, 1171, and was rewarded with large grants of lands in co. Waterford, part of which, near Dungarvan. still retains the designation of “Wyse’s Point.” His descendant, Right Hon. Sir Thomas Wyse, K.C.B., of the Manor of St. John, Her Majesty’s Minister at the Court of Athens, b. 1791, m. 1821, the Princess Letitia Bonaparte, dau. of Lucien Bonaparte, Prince of Canino, niece of Napoleon I., Emperor of the French, and first cousin of Napoleon III., the late Emperor of the French, and d. 1862, when he was s. by his eldest son, Napoleon Alfred Bonaparte Wyse, Esq., of the Manor of St. John. Arms Reg. Ulster’s Office). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, sa. three chevronels erm.; 2nd and 3rd, ar. a chev. betw. three Cornish choughs sa. Crest: A demi lion ramp. gu. guttee d’eau, holding in the dexter paw a mace ppr. Motto—Sapere aude.. Source: Burke’s
2) (co. Devon). Sa. three chev. ar.. Source: Burke’s
3) Flandre – D’argent à trois maillets de gueules. Source: Rietstap’s
4) or Wysen ou Wyzen Aix-la-Chapelle, Maestricht – D’azur à deux bandes d’or au chef du même Cimier deux proboscides d’or. Source: Rietstap’s

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