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Origin of Waisznis surname

Postby Cara1009 » Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:07 pm

My paternal great grandmother was Maggie Waisznis born 1905 in Middlesbrough. She is not named on the 1911 census and I can find no trace of her father (Joseph Waisznis). I believe her parents came to the country before her birth, but from where I have drawn a blank. Can anyone help? Is anyone familiar with this name?
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Re: Origin of Waisznis surname

Postby junkers » Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:29 pm

There is a suggestion on the U.S version of ancestry that the name may come from Lithuania.
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Re: Origin of Waisznis surname

Postby Sylcec » Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:39 pm

This looks like a name ripe for mis-transcription!
I looked on the National Archives and didn't find it there.
With Ancestry, you could try doing a 1911 census search using first names only of all family members and being quite specific about ages and location.
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Re: Origin of Waisznis surname

Postby JaneyH » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:06 am


One of my colleagues at work is Lithuanian and she says that this is a very Lithuanian name. However, she says that the spelling has been changed (Anglicised) and would be Vaišnis or Vaišnys in the original. She also notes that there is no letter "W" in Lithuanian, so looking for variants of the name starting with V rather than W may help your searching.
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Re: Origin of Waisznis surname

Postby ciderdrinker » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:12 am

Good Morning
If it helps her mother Eva seems to die as WAJANIS in Sep 1938 age 66 Middlesbourogh 9d 469.
Her maiden name is Laskiawiczuikie.
There seems to be other children born in Middlesborough
Annie WAISNIS Dec 1902 9d 565
John WOISZNIS June 1903 9d 565 (died Sep 1903)
Edward H WAJZNIS Sep 1916 mother McCovey 9d 1065.(The son of Vincent and Ellen married Dec 1915 9d 1412)
I think the first two may be Maggie's siblings.

There is also a Ellen Wajanis marrying a John Hakansson there in June 1918 (9d 1100).

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Re: Origin of Waisznis surname

Postby karinwikstrom » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:40 pm

I realize this is an old thread but I hope someone might be able to help me. I am trying to find more information about Ellen Wajanis. She married a relative of mine Jon Hjalmar FOLKE Håkansson, he was a swedish sailor and he got killed in Philadelphia in 1919. I am trying to find out if they had any children.
I live in Sweden I don't know how to get about this. I have found their marriage license but no more information about her. Is it possible to find information about this somewhere?

/Karin Wikström
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Re: Origin of Waisznis surname

Postby sdup26 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:07 pm

As you rightly say, Ellen Wajanis (maiden name McCoy) married John Hjalmar Folke Hakansson in 1918 in Middlesbrough. The entries may or may not relate to your relative, but there are two births in Middlesbrough, in 1920 and 1926, listed with father's surname Hakansson and mother's surname McCoy.
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