Wise Family History
Wise Name Meaning
English: nickname for a wise or learned person from Middle English wise wisse ‘wise’ (Old English wīs). This name has also absorbed Dutch Wijs and De Wijs a nickname meaning ‘(the) wise’ and possibly cognates in other languages. English: topographic name for someone who lived by the withies or willows from Middle English withi Old English wīthig ‘withy willow’. Americanized form of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Weiss ‘white’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press