Gilkes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gilkes family

The surname Gilkes was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Gilkes family

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Gilkes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gilkes, Gelkes, Jilkes, Gilks, Gilkins, Gilkin, Jelkes, Jelks, Jelke, Jilke, Jilk, Gilk, Gilks, Gelke, Gelkes and many more.

Early Notables of the Gilkes family (pre 1700)

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Gilkes Ranking

In the United States, the name Gilkes is the 16,928th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


Australia Gilkes migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gilkes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Elijah Gilkes, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Caledonia" in 19th June 1822, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gilkes (post 1700) +



  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/caledonia


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