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The surname Wyche 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 was Bishop of Chichester (1244-1253) is a saint and 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.

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wyche were recorded, including Wadge, Watch, Wage, Wych, Wich and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wyche research. Another 157 words (11 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 Wyche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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)...

Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wyche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Wyche arrived in North America very early:

Wyche Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Wyche, who was naturalized in New York in 1794

  • James Wyche (b. 1982), American football defensive end who played from 2006 to 2010
  • Major General Larry D. Wyche, American Commanding General, Combined Arms Support Command
  • Charles Cecil Wyche (1885-1966), United States federal judge
  • Samuel David "Sam" Wyche (b. 1945), former American football player and head coach, former head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl XXIII
  • Zelma Wyche, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Louisiana, 1972
  • James Wyche, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Granville County, 1828-31, 1833; Member of North Carolina State Senate from Granville County, 1834-35
  • Charles C. Wyche, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of South Carolina, 1933-37
  • C. Granville Wyche, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1928, 1940
  • Zelma Charles Wyche (1918-1999), African American civil rights activist, Police Chief of Tallulah, Louisiana (1969-1978)
  • Monty Meares Wyche (1926-2014), American jurist, Division A Judge of the Louisiana 26th Judicial District Court for Bossier and Webster parishes (1969-1988)
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    Other References

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    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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    The Wyche Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Wyche Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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