Wicker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Wicker family

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]

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]

Thomas de Wykes ( fl. 1258-1293), the English chronicler, took the habit of a canon regular at Osney Abbey, near Oxford, on 14 April 1282. "He mentions in his chronicle various namesakes and probable kinsfolk, including Robert de Wykes (d. 1246), Edith de Wyke (d. 1269), and John de Wykes, who in 1283 took a 'votum profectionis'. The name is a fairly common one, both as a personal and a place name, so that it is highly unsafe to identify him with other bearers of the same name, such as Thomas de Wyke, priest, who before 1249 wished to become a Franciscan friar." [2]

Early History of the Wicker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wicker research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1703, 1222, 1293, 1430, 1554, 1554, 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.

Wicker Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Wicker family (pre 1700)

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 (died c.1430), Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire; Thomas Wykes (fl. 1554), of Moreton Jeffries, Herefordshire, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Leominster in November 1554; Richard Wyche (or Wiche) (1554-1621), a...
Another 56 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.


United States Wicker migration to the United States +

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 [3]
Wicker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Wicker, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [3]
  • Benjamin Wicker, who landed in Virginia in 1724 [3]
  • Philip Wicker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [3]
Wicker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jakob Wicker, aged 20, who landed in North America in 1867 [3]
  • Bernhard Wicker, who arrived in America in 1869 [3]
  • John Frederick Wicker, who arrived in America in 1872 [3]

Australia Wicker migration to Australia +

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

Wicker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Josh. Wicker, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wicker (post 1700) +

  • Robert Kitridge Wicker (1878-1955), American professional baseball player
  • Veronica DiCarlo Wicker (1930-1994), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (1979–1994)
  • Louis John Wicker (b. 1959), American atmospheric scientist
  • Thomas Grey "Tom" Wicker (1926-2011), American journalist, political reporter and columnist for The New York Times
  • Roger Frederick Wicker (b. 1951), American politician, United States Senator from Mississippi (2007-)
  • Jane Wicker (d. 2013), American wing walker killed at the Vectren Dayton Air Show
  • Cassius Milton Wicker (1846-1913), American railroad manager and banker
  • 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
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Wicker Motto +

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.


Suggested Readings for the name Wicker +

  • 2200 "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.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Posthumous.htm


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