Wickstead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Wickstead is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Wickstead family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Wickstead family lived in Cheshire, at the manor of Wicksted.

Early Origins of the Wickstead family

The surname Wickstead was first found in Cheshire where they were Lords of the manor of Wicksted from early times, and were granted the lands by William the Conqueror. Conjecturally they are descended from a Norman noble named William Malbank who held Wilkesley and Nantwich, both of which were the early Lordships occupied by the Wicksteads. Nantwich at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 was a salt-pit and salt-pans, and Wicksted was a hawk's eyrie.

Early History of the Wickstead family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wickstead research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1795 is included under the topic Early Wickstead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wickstead Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Wickstead have been found, including Wickested, Wicksted, Wickstead, Wickstede, Wixstead, Wixested, Wigsted, Wigstead, Whicksted, Whickstede and many more.

Early Notables of the Wickstead family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Wickstead family to Ireland

Some of the Wickstead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Wickstead migration to Australia +

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

Wickstead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Frederic Wickstead, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [1]
  • James Wickstead Jr., English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Mr. William Wickstead, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 6 years, transported aboard the "Edwin Fox" on 24th August 1858, arriving in Western Australia, Australia

Contemporary Notables of the name Wickstead (post 1700) +

  • Archibald Wickstead (1884-1966), English cricketer, he played first-class cricket between 1911 and 1912 for Derbyshire


The Wickstead 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: Prudentia in adversis
Motto Translation: Prudence in adversity.


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838LordGoderich.htm
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844


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