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Early Origins of the Whicker family

The surname Whicker was first found in Essex at Wickford, a parish, in the union of Billericay, hundred of Barstable. [1]

This ancient Saxon village dates back to c. 975 when it was known as Wicforda. By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the parish was known as Wicfort. [2]

The place name probably means 'ford by an earlier Romano-British settlement' from the Old English "wic" + "ford." [3]

Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Wickford, Osborn, Teher and FitzThorold, Norman men at arms, from the Bishop of Bayeux. [2]

One of the first listings of the family was Robert de Wikeford e (d. 1390), Archbishop of Dublin, "is said to have belonged to the family of Wickford or Wykeford of Wickford Hall, Essex. He was a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and a doctor of laws in 1344. He became a king's clerk, and in or before 1368 was appointed Archdeacon of Winchester. On 18 July 1376 he was appointed Chancellor of Ireland, and he was reappointed on 26 Sept. 1377, after the accession of Richard I. " [4]

Early History of the Whicker family

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Whicker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wickford, Wikford, Wykford, Wyckford, Wyckforde, Wykforde, Wickford, Wickforth and many more.

Early Notables of the Whicker family

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Whicker Ranking

In the United States, the name Whicker is the 13,880th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Whicker migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whicker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ernest Whicker, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [6]

Australia Whicker migration to Australia +

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

Whicker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Whicker, aged 44, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Whicker (post 1700) +

  • Joseph H. Whicker Sr., American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 8th District, 1946 [8]
  • Alan Donald Whicker CBE (1925-2013), Cairo-born, English broadcaster and journalist, best known for his documentary television programme Whicker's World which ran for 29 years

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Pestonjee Bomanjee 1854. Retrieved
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from on Facebook