Wych History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wych family

The surname Wych was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Westcott. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Richard of Chichester (1197-1253), also known as Richard de Wych, Bishop of Chichester (1244-1253) is a saint who was canonized in 1262. A shrine was built in Chichester Cathedral dedicated to Richard and had become a centre of pilgrimage. In 1538, during the reign of Henry VIII, the shrine was plundered and destroyed by order of Thomas Cromwell. St Richard of Chichester is patron saint of Sussex since 2007, his translated saint's day of 16 June is celebrated as Sussex Day.

Wych Street was a street in London, that ran west from the church of St Clement Danes on the Strand to a point towards the southern end of Drury Lane. It was demolished by the London County Council in around 1901 as part of the redevelopment that created the Kingsway and Aldwych.

Early History of the Wych family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wych research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1384, 1393, 1384, 1385, 1386, 1390, 1393, 1632, 1707, 1661, 1678, 1681, 1685, 1685, 1689, 1702, 1705, 1676, 1682, 1692, 1693, 1695, 1756, 1554, 1621, 1593, 1643, 1628, 1699, 1607, 1659, 1607 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Wych History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wych Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Wych have been found, including Wadge, Watch, Wage, Wych, Wich and others.

Early Notables of the Wych family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Wych ( fl. 1384-1393), an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Hereford in 1384, 1385, 1386, 1390 and 1393; Sir Cyril Wyche PRS (1632-c.1707), an English lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Callington (1661-1678), for East Grinstead (1681-1685), for Saltash (1685-1689); and for Preston (1702-1705), Chief Secretary for Ireland (1676-1682) and (1692-1693)...
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wych Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Wych migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wych Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Wych, Jr., (b. 1816), aged 16, English wheel wright who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life for manslaughter, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st September 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1899 [1]


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/camden


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