Early Origins of the Whicker family
The surname Whicker was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, 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, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Whicker family
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Whicker Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wickford, Wikford, Wykford, Wyckford, Wyckforde, Wykforde, Wickford, Wickforth and many more.
Early Notables of the Whicker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whicker family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Pestonjee Bomanjee 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hyderabad1854.shtml.
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- 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