Wilk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The earliest origins of the name Wilk date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from a medieval given name, a short form of William. 
Wilk is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name as a surname, while others came from the personal names of famous religious and secular figures. In this case, the surname was originally derived from the popular medieval surname William, which became even more popular after the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066, led by William the Conqueror.
Early Origins of the Wilk family
The surname Wilk was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Important Dates for the Wilk family
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Wilk Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Wilk include Wilkes, Wilke, Wilks and others.
Early Notables of the Wilk family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Israel Wilkes, a 17th century citizen and distiller of London, father of the politician John Wilkes.
Sir Thomas Wilkes (1545?-1598), was an English diplomatist, born about 1545, and is said to have been a native of Sussex. "The Oxford registers do not supply his father's name, and the family occurs in many counties and in many forms, such as Wikes, Wylkes, Weekes, Wyckes, and other variations. A Richard Wilkes (d. 1556) was master of Christ's College, Cambridge, from 1548 to 1553; a Thomas Wilkes represented Chippenham in the Reformation parliament of 1529-1535, and another...
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Wilk migration to the United States
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wilk or a variant listed above:
Typical Wilk Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Wilk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Henry Wilk, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819 
- Joseph Wilk, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 
- Abram Wilk, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1895
- Adam Wilk, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
- Agathe Wilk, aged 3, who settled in America, in 1895
Wilk Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Paul Wilk, who landed in Arkansas in 1902 
- Hattie Wilk, who arrived in Mercer Co. ND in 1918
Contemporary Notables of the name Wilk (post 1700)
- Scott Thomas Wilk Sr. (b. 1959), American politician, Member of the California State Assembly (2012-)
- Vic Wilk (b. 1960), American professional golfer, three time Junior World Golf Champion in 1969, 1971 and 1973
- Maurice Wilk (d. 1963), American violinist who performed as a member of the Alma Trio from 1953 until his death
- Max Wilk (1920-2011), American playwright, screenwriter and author of fiction and nonfiction
- Adam Robert Wilk (b. 1987), American Major League Baseball pitcher
- Michael Wilk (b. 1952), American keyboardist, songwriter, and record producer
- Brad Wilk (b. 1968), American drummer
- James Brett Wilk (b. 1978), English professional mixed martial artist
- Wojciech Wilk (b. 1972), Polish politician, Member of the Sejm in 2005
- Martin Bradbury Wilk OC (1922-2013), Canadian statistician, academic, and the former Chief Statistician of Canada, co-developer of the Shapiro-Wilk test
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You May Also Like
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)