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Today's generation of the Wix family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wix family lived in Sussex. The name, however, derives from the Old English word wic, which describes someone who lives at an outlying settlement.

Early Origins of the Wix family


The surname Wix was first found in Surrey at Wyke, a tything, in the parish of Worplesdon, union of Guildford, First division of the hundred of Woking. "This place is mentioned in Domesday Book under the name of Wucha, and at an early period was held by a family called De Wyke." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Another branch of the family was found at Yatton in Somerset. "The greater portion of [the church of Yatton] appears to have been rebuilt in the 15th century, by the Wyck family, to one of whom is a monument bearing his effigy, in the north transept." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Early History of the Wix family

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Early History of the Wix family


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Another 274 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1703, 1222, 1293, 1430, 1554, 1554, 1554, 1621, 1593, 1643, 1627, 1641, 1628, 1699, 1632, 1707, 1683 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Wix History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wix Spelling Variations

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Wix 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 Wix include Weekes, Weeks, Wikes, Wykes, Wyke, Wix, Wicks, Weykes and many more.

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Early Notables of the Wix family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Wix family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Wykes (1222-c.1293), English chronicler, a canon regular of Oseney Abbey, near Oxford; Thomas Wykes (died c.1430), Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire; Thomas Wykes ( fl. 1554), of Moreton Jeffries, Herefordshire, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Leominster in November 1554; Richard...
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Migration of the Wix family to Ireland

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Migration of the Wix family to Ireland


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Migration of the Wix family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Wix family to the New World and Oceana


In England 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 Wixs to arrive on North American shores:

Wix Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Wix, aged 42, who emigrated to America, in 1894
  • Otto Wix, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Auguste Wix, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1896

Wix Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Virginia Wix, aged 18, who landed in America from Worcester Park, in 1903
  • Charles Wix, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Nelson, New Zealand, in 1910
  • Michael Wix, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1910
  • George B. Wix, aged 55, who settled in America, in 1920
  • Alf Wix, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1923

Wix Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Francis Wix, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wix (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wix (post 1700)


  • Green Wix (b. 1923), United States federal judge
  • Don Wix (b. 1946), American member of the General Assembly
  • Mayo Wix, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1980
  • Clark Wix, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 16th District, 1919-20
  • Charles H. Wix, American Republican politician, Chair of Chautauqua County Republican Party, 1910
  • Ben F. Wix, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Bates County, 1924, 1934
  • Henry Otto Wix (1866-1922), German-born landscape and portrait painter
  • Katy Wix (1980-2010), Welsh actress

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The Wix Motto

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The Wix 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: Cari Deo nihilo carent
Motto Translation: Those dear to God want nothing.


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm

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