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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Wicker family name to the British Isles. They lived in Sussex. The name, however, derives from the Old English word wic, which describes someone who lives at an outlying settlement.

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The surname Wicker was 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Weekes, Weeks, Wikes, Wykes, Wyke, Wix, Wicks, Weykes and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wicker 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 Wicker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Wykes (1222-c.1293), English chronicler, a canon regular of Oseney Abbey, near Oxford; Thomas Wykes ( fl. 1554), of Moreton Jeffries, Herefordshire, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Leominster in November 1554; Thomas Wykes (died c.1430), Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire; Richard...

Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wicker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wicker or a variant listed above:

Wicker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margaret Wicker, who landed in Maryland in 1659

Wicker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Wicker, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Benjamin Wicker, who landed in Virginia in 1724
  • Philip Wicker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738

Wicker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jakob Wicker, aged 20, landed in North America in 1867
  • Bernhard Wicker, who arrived in America in 1869
  • John Frederick Wicker, who arrived in America in 1872

Wicker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Josh. Wicker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
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  • Jane Wicker (d. 2013), American wing walker killed at the Vectren Dayton Air Show
  • Cassius Milton Wicker (1846-1913), American railroad manager and banker
  • Veronica DiCarlo Wicker (1930-1994), United States federal judge
  • Dennis A. Wicker (b. 1952), American lawyer and politician
  • Ireene Wicker (1905-1987), American singer and actress
  • Floyd Euliss Wicker (b. 1943), retired American professional baseball outfielder
  • Kemp Caswell Wicker (1906-1973), American left-handed pitcher
  • Randolfe Hayden "Randy" Wicker (b. 1938), American author, activist and blogger
  • Robert Kitridge Wicker (1878-1955), professional baseball player
  • Thomas Grey "Tom" Wicker (1926-2011), American journalist
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  • Gleanings in the Family Fields: A Study of the Wicker Family and Related Lines in the South by Mary-Helen Sears Foxx.
  • The Wicker Family of the South by Mary-Helen Sears Foxx.
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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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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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