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The Wilks surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from a medieval given name, a short form of William. Wilks 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.

Wilks Early Origins



The surname Wilks 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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Wilks Spelling Variations


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Wilks Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Wilks are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wilks include: Wilkes, Wilke, Wilks and others.

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Wilks Early History


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Wilks Early History



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

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Wilks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wilks Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilks 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wilks or a variant listed above:

Wilks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Wilks, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • Thomas Wilks, who landed in Virginia in 1695

Wilks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Wilks, aged 24, arrived in Maryland in 1776
  • Joseph Wilks, who arrived in New York in 1785

Wilks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Geroge Wilks, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William B Wilks, who arrived in Texas in 1830
  • Janes Wilks, aged 19, landed in New York in 1864
  • Jacob Wilks, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

Wilks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Wilks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Wilks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Wilks, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • Thomas Wilks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849
  • Elizabeth Wilks, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham"

Wilks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Wilks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • Daniel Wilks, aged 43, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Sarah Ann Wilks, aged 42, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Ellen Wilks, aged 10, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Sarah Wilks, aged 8, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilks (post 1700)



  • Samuel Stanley Wilks (1906-1964), American mathematician and academic
  • Michael Sharod Wilks Jr. (b. 1979), American professional basketball player
  • Ted Wilks (b. 1915), American Major League Baseball player
  • William Henry Wilks (1863-1940), Australian politician
  • The Reverend William Wilks (1843-1923), British horticulturalist and clergyman
  • Sir Samuel Wilks (1824-1911), British physician and biographer
  • Suzie Wilks (b. 1971), Australian TV lifestyle presenter
  • Maurice Cary Ferdinand Wilks (1904-1963), Chief designer at the British car company Rover c. 1945
  • John Wilks (b. 1946), British lecturer and writer
  • Ella Wilks (b. 1985), New Zealand actress
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Wilks


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Suggested Readings for the name Wilks



  • Wilks and Young Families, Texas Pioneers by Doris Ross Brock Johnston.

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Wilks Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  11. ...

The Wilks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilks 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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