In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Wilkshire surname lived in Wiltshire
, a county in southwestern England
. The place-name was recorded as Wiltunscir in 870, and as Wiltescire in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
compiled in 1086. The place-name means "shire centered on Wilton." Wilton is composed of the Old English elements wilig,
which means willow tree, and tun,
for farmstead or enclosure. The place-name Wilton means "farm where the willow trees grow."
Early Origins of the Wilkshire family
The surname Wilkshire was first found in Bedfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wilkshire family
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Wilkshire 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 Wilkshire 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 Wilkshire include: Wiltshire
, Wiltshear, Wiltsheir and others.
Early Notables of the Wilkshire family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wilkshire family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wilkshire Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Wilkshire, aged 44, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
- Caroline Wilkshire, aged 44, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
- Rose Wilkshire, aged 11, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
- Richard Wilkshire, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Wilkshire (post 1700)
- Luke Wilkshire (b. 1981), Australian footballer who plays for Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League