The Norman Conquest
of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Willkan name is derived from the Norman personal name William,
which is derived from the words will,
meaning resolution and helm,
Early Origins of the Willkan family
The surname Willkan was first found in Glamorganshire
where they held a family seat
from early times. They were descended from Robert de Wintona, 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 Willkan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willkan research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1614, 1672, 1668, 1625, 1626, 1699 and 1618 are included under the topic Early Willkan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Willkan 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 Wilkins, Wilkin, Wilkines, Wilkyn, Wilking and others.
Early Notables of the Willkan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Wilkins FRS
(1614-1672), an English clergyman, natural philosopher and author, founder of the Invisible College and one of the founders of the Royal Society, Bishop of Chester from 1668 until his death; Thomas Wilkins (1625... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Willkan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Willkan family to the New World and Oceana
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 Willkan or a variant listed above: Nicholas Wilking, a juror of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1753; Maudlin Wilkin settled in Barbados in 1654; Bridget and John Wilkines settled in Virginia in 1623.
The Willkan 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: Estote prudentes
Motto Translation: Be ye prudent.