The ancestors of the name Wilcher date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Wiltshire
, a county in southwestern England
. The place-name was recorded as Wiltunscir in 870, and as Wiltescire in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
compiled in 1086. The place-name means "shire centered on Wilton." Wilton is composed of the Old English elements wilig,
which means willow tree, and tun,
for farmstead or enclosure. The place-name Wilton means "farm where the willow trees grow."
Early Origins of the Wilcher family
The surname Wilcher was first found in Bedfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wilcher family
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Wilcher Spelling Variations
Wilcher has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Wilcher have been found, including Wiltshire
, Wiltshear, Wiltsheir and others.
Early Notables of the Wilcher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wilcher family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Wilchers to arrive on North American shores: John Wiltshire
, who arrived in Virginia in 1654; George Wiltshear settled in Maryland in 1742; a "widow" Wiltsheir arrived in Barbados 1679.
Contemporary Notables of the name Wilcher (post 1700)
- Geneice Irene Wilcher (b. 1980), American beauty queen and model, Miss Nebraska USA (2007)
- Mike Wilcher (b. 1960), retired American professional NFL football player who played from 1983 to 1991
- Phillip Wilcher (b. 1958), Australian pianist and composer