Meaning and Origin of: Wise

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Irish : Ardent or wise

Last name origin & 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 wīs). 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’.