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Where did the English Wilkinson family come from? What is the English Wilkinson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wilkinson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wilkinson family history?

Wilkinson is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Wilkinson comes from the Norman personal name Wilkins, which in turn is derived from the name William. William, which is derived from the words will, meaning resolution and helm, meaning armed.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Wilkinson, Wilkisson, Wilkiesson and others.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat from early times. They were descended from Robert de Wintona, of Glamorgan, one of twelve knights who came into Glamorgan with Robert Fitzhamon, a Norman noble, in 1066. Fitzhamon was Sheriff of Kent and founder of Tewkesbury.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilkinson research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1610, 1675, 1616 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Wilkinson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilkinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wilkinson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Wilkinson or a variant listed above were:

Wilkinson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Wilkinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1606
  • John Wilkinson settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edward Wilkinson, aged 17, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Jane Wilkinson, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Mathew Wilkinson, aged 18, landed in Barbados in 1635


Wilkinson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Grace Wilkinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Alice Wilkinson, who arrived in Carolina in 1724
  • Mary Wilkinson, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767
  • Daniel Wilkinson, who arrived in New York in 1775

Wilkinson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Wilkinson, who landed in America in 1806
  • Alexander Wilkinson, who landed in Connecticut in 1812
  • Samuel Wilkinson, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Richard Wilkinson, aged 38, arrived in Maine in 1812
  • John Wilkinson, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1822


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  • James Wilkinson (1757-1825), American general
  • David Todd Wilkinson (1935-2002), American cosmologist, Chairman of the Physics Department at Princeton University (1987-1990)
  • J Harvie Wilkinson III (b. 1944), American judge, chief judge of US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1996-2003)
  • Adrienne Marie Wilkinson (b. 1977), American actress
  • Sir Geofferey Wilkinson (b. 1921), English chemist, shared 1973 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Rev. Canon Alan Wilkinson, English Theologian
  • Andrew Wilkinson, English surgeon, Professor of Pediatrics at University of Oxford
  • John Wilkinson (1728-1808), English ironmaster
  • Sir John Gardiner Wilkinson (1797-1875), English writer and Egyptologist
  • Ellen Cicely Wilkinson (1891-1947), English politician, Labour Member of the British Parliament

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  • The Descendants of the Rev. Christopher Wilkinson of Queen Anne's County, Maryland by George B. Wilson.
  • The Gatson, Howard, and Wilkinson Families by Kathleen Wilkinson Wood.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non mihi sed tibi gloria
Motto Translation: Glory to thee, not to me.

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Wilkinson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilkinson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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