First name origin & meaning:
Irish: Ardent or wise
Last name origins & meanings:
- 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’.
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