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

The history of the Sikes family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the county of Cumberland. Sikes is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the area or landscape were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Sikes were named due to their close proximity to a marshy stream or damp gully. The surname was originally derived from Sikes-Dyke near Carlisle in Cumberland.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sikes include Sikes, Sykes, Sykkes, Sikkes, Syks, Siks, Sike and many more.

First found in Cumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sikes research. Another 310 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1684 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Sikes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sikes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sikes or a variant listed above:

Sikes Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Sikes settled in New England in 1654
  • John Sikes, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • Sarah Sikes, who landed in Virginia in 1699

Sikes Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Richard Sikes, who arrived in Virginia in 1701

Sikes Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Peter Sikes, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Daniel David Sikes Jr. (1929-1987), American professional golfer
  • Robert Lee Fulton Sikes (1906-1994), U.S. Representative from Florida
  • Cynthia Sikes (b. 1954), American actress
  • Stuart Sikes, American recording engineer
  • Richard H. Sikes (b. 1940), American professional golfer
  • András Sikes (b. 1965), Hungarian wrestler and Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling


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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: Sapiens qui assiduus
Motto Translation: He is wise who is industrious.

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The Sikes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sikes 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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