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

The name Wirick is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the county of Warwickshire or in the settlement of Warwick in the county of Cumberland. The surname Wirick belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, farmsteads, counties, or other locations.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wirick were recorded, including Warwick, Warwyke, Warrick, Warrack, Warrock, Warrich and many more.

First found in Cumberland where they were Lords of the manor which was anciently written Warthwick. The first on record was Alwine of Warwick who held the castles and manor about the year 1050. His son, Turchil de Warwick appeared in the Domesday Book in 1086 as a tenant of the same manors.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wirick research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1481, 1642, 1609, 1683, 1640, 1683, 1680 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Wirick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wirick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wirick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Wirick family emigrate to North America: James Warwick settled in Placienta, Newfoundland, in 1784; John Warrick settled in Fogo, Newfoundland, in 1804; John Warwick settled in Virginia in 1774.

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  • Beau Wirick (b. 1986), American actor best known for his recurring role on the sitcom Raising Dad


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

This page was last modified on 28 June 2013 at 14:46.

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