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Where did the English Wilkerson family come from? What is the English Wilkerson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wilkerson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wilkerson family history?

The name Wilkerson came to England with the ancestors of the Wilkerson family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It 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.

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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wilkerson family name include Wilkinson, Wilkisson, Wilkiesson and others.

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

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Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilkerson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wilkerson 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.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Wilkerson family to immigrate North America:

Wilkerson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert P Wilkerson, who landed in Texas in 1856
  • W C Wilkerson, who arrived in Mississippi in 1858

Wilkerson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Lottie Alice Wilkerson, aged 29, who landed in America from Somerset, in 1904
  • B. Wilkerson, aged 58, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Carrie Wilkerson, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Grace Wilkerson, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Ellen Wilkerson, aged 22, who landed in America from Oldham, England, in 1913


Wilkerson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Wilkerson, aged 38, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Margaret Wilkerson, aged 40, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874

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  • Don Wilkerson (1932-1986), American soul jazz / R&B tenor saxophonist
  • Edward L. Wilkerson Jr. (b. 1953), American jazz composer, arranger, musician, and educator
  • Douglas Wilkerson (b. 1947), former American NFL football offensive lineman, who played from 1970-1984
  • Muhammad Anthony Wilkerson (b. 1989), American NFL football defensive end for the New York Jets
  • Isabel Wilkerson (b. 1961), American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
  • Curtis Vernon Wilkerson (b. 1961), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1983 to 1993
  • Dianne Wilkerson (b. 1955), American politician, Member of the Massachusetts Senate (1993-2008)
  • Tyler Wilkerson (b. 1988), American professional NBA basketball player
  • William Richard Wilkerson (1890-1962), American founder of the Hollywood Reporter and the Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas
  • Gerald Eugene Wilkerson (b. 1939), American Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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  • Our Wilkersons: From Burke to Rutherford to Polk, 1760-1980 by Blanche W. Culbreth.
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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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The Wilkerson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilkerson 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 12 April 2015 at 03:23.

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