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The name Weeks reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Weeks family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Weeks family lived in Sussex. The name, however, derives from the Old English word wic, which describes someone who lives at an outlying settlement.
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Weeks family name include Weekes, Weeks, Wikes, Wykes, Wyke, Wix, Wicks, Weykes and many more.
First found in Surrey at Wyke, a tything, in the parish of Worplesdon, union of Guildford, First division of the hundred of Woking. "This place is mentioned in Domesday Book under the name of Wucha, and at an early period was held by a family called De Wyke."  Another branch of the family was found at Yatton in Somerset. "The greater portion of [the church of Yatton] appears to have been rebuilt in the 15th century, by the Wyck family, to one of whom is a monument bearing his effigy, in the north transept." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weeks research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1703, 1222, 1293, 1554, 1554, 1430, 1554, 1621, 1593, 1643, 1627, 1641, 1628, 1699, 1632, 1707, 1683 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Weeks History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 207 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weeks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Weeks family to immigrate North America:
Weeks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Leonard Weeks settled in New Hampshire in 1630
- Symon Weeks, aged 16, arrived in St Christopher in 1634
- Richard Weeks settled in Virginia in 1635
- Francis Weeks, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1635
- Jo Weeks, aged 18, arrived in Virginia in 1635
Weeks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Richard Weeks, who landed in Jamaica in 1707
- Elinor Weeks, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- March Weeks, who landed in Virginia in 1730
- Christian Weeks, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761
Weeks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edmund Weeks, who landed in America in 1806
- Sarah Weeks, aged 34, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
- Charles Weeks, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1815
- Caroline Weeks, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
- Jane Weeks, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
Weeks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Edward Weeks settled in the Bay Bulls in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1708
- John Weeks was a fisherman of Petty Harbour in Newfoundland in 1739
- Carew Weeks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Weeks Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Gilbert B Weeks, who arrived in Canada in 1828
- Hiram Weeks, who arrived in Canada in 1831
- Abraham Weeks, who landed in Canada in 1831
Weeks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Jermima Weeks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- Phoebe Weeks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- William Weeks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
- William Weeks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1847
- Thomas Weeks, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag"
Weeks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Weeks, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
- Charles Weeks, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
- Elizabeth Weeks, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
- George Weeks, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
- Don Weeks (1938-2015), American radio personality
- Sinclair Weeks (1893-1972), United States Secretary of Commerce under Dwight Eisenhower
- Rickie Weeks (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball second baseman
- John Wingate Weeks (1860-1926), American politician in the Republican Party, Secretary of War from 1921 to 1925
- Brent Weeks (1977-1977), American author, best known for The Night Angel Trilogy
- Willie Weeks (b. 1947), American bass guitarist
- Al Weeks, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1952
- Mrs. Al Weeks, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1952
- Alfred C. Weeks, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Pomfret, 1906
- Alvin Gardner Weeks (1866-1924), American politician, Representative from Massachusetts 15th District, 1912, 1914
- Geo. Weeks: Genealogy of the Family of George Weeks, of Dorchester, Mass., 1635-1650 by Robert Dodd Weekes.
- The Weeks Family of Southern New Jersey by Elmer Garfield Van Name.
- Family Reminiscences by Minnie Marcella Feinberg.
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: Cari Deo nihilo carent
Motto Translation: Those dear to God want nothing.
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The Weeks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weeks 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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