Wilkinsun is one of the names carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It 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,
Early Origins of the Wilkinsun family
The surname Wilkinsun 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.
Early History of the Wilkinsun family
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Wilkinsun Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Wilkinson, Wilkisson, Wilkiesson and others.
Early Notables of the Wilkinsun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wilkinsun family to Ireland
Some of the Wilkinsun 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.
Migration of the Wilkinsun family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Wilkinsun or a variant listed above: William Wilkinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1606, 14 years before the "Mayflower"; Lawrence Wilkinson, who arrived in Providence, RI in 1645.
The Wilkinsun 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.