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Wilker is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Wilker comes from 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.

Wilker Early Origins



The surname Wilker 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.

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Wilker Spelling Variations


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Wilker Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Wilkinson, Wilkisson, Wilkiesson and others.

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Wilker Early History


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Wilker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilker research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1610, 1675, 1616 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Wilker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wilker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wilker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wilker In Ireland


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Wilker In Ireland



Some of the Wilker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wilker or a variant listed above:

Wilker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Wilker, who landed in Massachusetts in 1751
  • Christr Wilker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761

Wilker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christoph Henry Wilker, aged 40, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1848
  • Francis Wilker, aged 23, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • Eduard Wilker, aged 17, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • John Henry Wilker, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilker (post 1700)



  • Josť Wilker de Almeida (1947-2014), Brazilian film, stage and television actor and director

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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    The Wilker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilker 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.

    This page was last modified on 7 April 2014 at 12:05.

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