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The Wickman surname is a habitation name, derived from any of various places so named.

Early Origins of the Wickman family

The surname Wickman was first found in Hampshire at Wickham, anciently spelt Wykeham, a village and civil parish which dates back to c. 925-941 when it was spelt Wicham. 1 By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, it was listed as Wicheham. 2

William de Wycheham or Wickwane (d. 1285), was Archbishop of York and Canon and Chancellor of York. 3

This village was the birth place of William of Wykeham (c. 1320-1404), Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor of England. He founded New College Oxford and New College School in 1379, and later founded Winchester College in 1382. 4

The "Bishop of Winchester and chancellor of England, took his name from Wickham, near Fareham, Hampshire, where he was born in the summer of 1324. His mother, Sibill Bowade, had some gentle blood, but his father, John Long, is merely described as of free condition. They were poor, and Wykeham was sent to school at Winchester by some unnamed patrons, perhaps Sir Ralph Sutton and Sir John Scures. " 3 The place name literally means "homestead associated with a vicus (reference to its ancient Roman settlement)." 1

"[Birchanger in Essex] was given by Richard II. to William of Wykeham, for the endowment of New College, Oxford, the Warden and Fellows of which are the present proprietors." 4

The parish of Garsington in Oxfordshire was another ancient family seat. "The church [of Garsington], an ancient and venerable structure, contains some handsome monuments to the family of Wickham." 4

The Wycombe variant was first recorded in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1326 as John de Wycoumbe. 5

Early History of the Wickman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wickman research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1305, 1335, 1400, 1539, 1550, 1559, 1584 and 1595 are included under the topic Early Wickman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wickman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wickham, Wickombe, Wycombe, Wickholm, Wigham, Wickcombe, Wigholm, Wickholme, Wykham, Wyckham, Wygholme, Wiggam, Wiggham and many more.

Early Notables of the Wickman family

Distinguished members of the family include William Wickham (Wykeham) (1539-1595), an English bishop, Bishop of Lincoln (1584-1595) and Bishop of Winchester in 1595. He "claimed descent from William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, but was a member of a different family. He was...
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Wickman Ranking

In the United States, the name Wickman is the 9,876th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 6

Ireland Migration of the Wickman family to Ireland

Some of the Wickman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Australia Wickman migration to Australia +

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

Wickman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Wickman, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 7
  • Tabitha Wickman, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 7

New Zealand Wickman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wickman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Hannah Wickman, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 30th December 1857 8

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from
  8. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook