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Wicks is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wicks family lived in Sussex. The name, however, derives from the Old English word wic, which describes someone who lives at an outlying settlement.

Wicks Early Origins



The surname Wicks 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.

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Wicks Spelling Variations


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Wicks Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Weekes, Weeks, Wikes, Wykes, Wyke, Wix, Wicks, Weykes and many more.

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Wicks Early History


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Wicks Early History



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

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Wicks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wicks Early Notables (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 ( 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 Wicks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Wicks or a variant listed above:

Wicks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Wicks, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Jo Wicks, aged 26, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Joseph Wicks, who landed in Maryland in 1650
  • Mary Wicks, who arrived in Maryland in 1656
  • Richard Wicks, who arrived in Maryland in 1659
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wicks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Miss D L Wicks, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • H H Wicks, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855

Wicks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Wicks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm
  • James Wicks, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"

Wicks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Wicks, aged 19, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • Thomas Wicks arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
  • Edwin Wicks arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
  • Eliza Wicks arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wicks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wicks (post 1700)



  • Sidney Wicks (b. 1949), retired American NBA basketball player
  • Charles Wicks (b. 1925), American Emeritus professor of chemical engineering
  • Camilla Wicks (b. 1928), American violinist who has played with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra among others
  • Ronald Wicks (1939-2016), Canadian National Hockey League referee who officiated five Stanley Cup finals and 1,400 regular season games
  • Malcolm Hunt Wicks (b. 1947), British Labour Party politician who was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1992-2012
  • Victoria Wicks (b. 1959), British actress
  • Ben Wicks CM (1926-2000), English-born, Canadian cartoonist, illustrator, journalist and author
  • Les Wicks (b. 1955), award-winning Australian poet, publisher and editor

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Wicks Historic Events


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Wicks Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Hubert G Wicks (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Poole, Dorsetshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  11. ...

The Wicks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wicks Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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