Willkene is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Norman personal name William,
which is derived from the words will,
meaning resolution and helm,
Early Origins of the Willkene family
The surname Willkene 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 Willkene family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willkene 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 Willkene History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Willkene Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Willkene include Wilkins, Wilkin, Wilkines, Wilkyn, Wilking and others.
Early Notables of the Willkene 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 Willkene Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Willkene family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Willkenes to arrive on North American shores: 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 Willkene 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.