Wiclife History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Wiclife family
The surname Wiclife was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Wycliffe, held by Count Alan, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
Early History of the Wiclife family
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Wiclife Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Wycliffe, Wicliffe, Weycliffe, Weyclife, Wyclife, Wiclife, Wicliffe, Whycliffe and many more.
Early Notables of the Wiclife family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wiclife family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)