Wickstrom is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wickstrom family lived in Cheshire
, at the manor of Wicksted.
Early Origins of the Wickstrom family
The surname Wickstrom 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 Wickstrom family
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Wickstrom Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Wickested, Wicksted, Wickstead, Wickstede, Wixstead, Wixested, Wigsted, Wigstead, Whicksted, Whickstede and many more.
Early Notables of the Wickstrom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wickstrom family to Ireland
Some of the Wickstrom family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 94 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wickstrom family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Wickstrom or a variant listed above: Richard Wixted who landed in America in 1700.
The Wickstrom 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.