Wilkenson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Wilkenson reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Wilkenson family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Wilkenson is based on the Norman personal name Wilkins, which in turn is derived from the name William. William, which is derived from the words will, meaning resolution and helm, meaning armed. 
Early Origins of the Wilkenson family
The surname Wilkenson was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from early times. They were descended from Robert de Wintona, of Glamorgan, one of twelve knights who came into Glamorgan with Robert Fitzhamon, a Norman noble, in 1066. Fitzhamon was Sheriff of Kent and founder of Tewkesbury.
"This name is almost entirely confined to the northern half of England, as defined by a line drawn west from the Wash. It is best represented in Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire, and Lancashire, and is also fairly numerous in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, and Cheshire. " 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Adam Wylkynson and Thomas Wylkynson. 
Early History of the Wilkenson family
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Wilkenson Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Wilkenson has been recorded under many different variations, including Wilkinson, Wilkisson, Wilkiesson and others.
Early Notables of the Wilkenson family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Lancelot Wilkinson of Kyo, Durham.
Henry Wilkinson (1610-1675), was an English clergyman, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, and member of the Westminster Assembly. He was Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, son of Henry Wilkinson (1566-1647.)
Henry Wilkinson (1616-1690), was an English clergyman and academic, Principal of Magdalen...
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Migration of the Wilkenson family to Ireland
Some of the Wilkenson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wilkenson migration to the United States +
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Wilkensons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Wilkenson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Wilkenson, who landed in Virginia in 1654 
- Mary Wilkenson, who landed in Virginia in 1654 
- Marmaduke Wilkenson, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 
- Anne Wilkenson, who landed in Virginia in 1656 
- Phill Wilkenson, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 
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Wilkenson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Elizabeth Wilkenson, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767 
Contemporary Notables of the name Wilkenson (post 1700) +
- Kira Wilkenson, American actress, known for Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008), The Triangle (2005) and Charlie Jade (2005)
- Jack Wilkenson, American musician, former drummer for the rock band Steelheart
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The Wilkenson 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: Non mihi sed tibi gloria
Motto Translation: Glory to thee, not to me.
- ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
- ^ 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)