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It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Wilke was formed. The name was derived from a medieval given name, a short form of William. Wilke 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.

Wilke Early Origins



The surname Wilke 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.

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Wilke Spelling Variations


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Wilke Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Wilke include Wilkes, Wilke, Wilks and others.

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Wilke Early History


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Wilke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilke research. Another 300 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1665 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Wilke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wilke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wilke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Wilke were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Wilke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rudolph Wilke, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727

Wilke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Franz Adolph Wilke, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Bernh Heinr Wilke, who landed in America in 1838
  • Heinrich Wilke, who landed in America in 1839
  • Karoline Friderike Wilke, aged 36, arrived in America in 1843
  • Herman Wilke, who landed in Texas in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wilke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Amelia Wilke, who settled in Montana in 1910
  • Adam Edward Wilke, who arrived in North Dakota in 1917

Wilke Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Wilke, who arrived in Canada in 1905

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilke (post 1700)



  • Robert J. Wilke (1914-1989), American Golden Boot Award winning film and television actor who appeared in 299 titles, known primarily for his roles as villains in Westerns
  • Julius August Robert Wilke (1860-1914), American sailor during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor
  • Hannah Wilke (1940-1993), born Arlene Hannah Butter, an American painter, sculptor, photographer and video artist
  • Rudolf Wilke (1873-1908), German caricaturist and illustrator
  • Birthe Wilke (b. 1936), popular Danish singer of the 1950s
  • Christian Gottlob Wilke (1786-1854), German theologian
  • Kristof Wilke (b. 1985), German four-time gold and two-time silver medalist rower

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wilke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilke Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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