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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,
The surname Wilkinson was 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.
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.
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 43 words (3 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
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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 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 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 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
Wilkinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Henry Wilkinson, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
- Frans Wilkinson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
- Thomas Wilkinson with his wife and child settled in Nova Scotia in 1774
Wilkinson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Cornelius Wilkinson was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1815
Wilkinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Wilkinson, English convict from Cumberland, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- James Wilkinson, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Thomas Wilkinson, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Thomas Wilkinson, a shoemaker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Francis Wilkinson, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Wilkinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- E Wilkinson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1837
- Johnson B. Wilkinson, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
- Ann Wilkinson, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
- John Wilkinson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Arab
- J S Wilkinson landed in Kaipara, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship "Sophia Pate"
- Richard Warren "Buzzy" Wilkinson (1932-2016), American NBA basketball player
- Adrienne Marie Wilkinson (b. 1977), American actress
- J Harvie Wilkinson III (b. 1944), American judge, chief judge of US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1996-2003)
- David Todd Wilkinson (1935-2002), American cosmologist, Chairman of the Physics Department at Princeton University (1987-1990)
- James Wilkinson (1757-1825), American general
- Alfred Robert Wilkinson VC (1896-1940), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
- James Kemsey Wilkinson (d. 1997), English founder of Wilkinson or Wilko, a high-street chain with over 365 stores, selling primarily homewares and household goods in 1930
- Ellen Cicely Wilkinson (1891-1947), English politician, Labour Member of the British Parliament, first woman Minister of Education from July 1945 until her death
- Andrew Wilkinson, English surgeon, Professor of Pediatrics at University of Oxford
- Rev. Canon Alan Wilkinson, English Theologian
Wilkinson Historic Events
- Mr. Alexander MacKay Wilkinson (1906-1941), Australian Lieutenant-Commander from Mosman, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
- Mr. Stanley Wilkinson (b. 1919), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Bradford, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. James W Wilkinson (b. 1918), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from East Retford, Nottinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. Frederick J R Wilkinson (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. Sydney Wilkinson, British Chief Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
- Mr. Roy Wilkinson, British Officer Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- Mr. Robert Wilkinson, English Turret Sweeper from Cornwall, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- Mr. Robert Wilkinson, English Able Seaman from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- Mr. Paul Laurence Wilkinson, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
- Mr. Roy Wilkinson, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
- Mr. James Wilkinson, English Engineersí Mess Steward from Walton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Miss Elizabeth Anne Wilkinson, (alias Mrs. Elizabeth Faunthorpe), aged 29, English Second Class passenger from Manchester, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 16
- 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.
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 gloriaMotto Translation:
Glory to thee, not to me.
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- 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.
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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