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Where did the English Wyke family come from? What is the English Wyke family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wyke family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wyke family history?

Wyke is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wyke family lived in Sussex. The name, however, derives from the Old English word wic, which describes someone who lives at an outlying settlement.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Wyke has been recorded under many different variations, including Weekes, Weeks, Wikes, Wykes, Wyke, Wix, Wicks, Weykes and many more.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wyke research. Another 315 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1703, 1222, 1293, 1554, 1554, 1430, 1554, 1621, 1593, 1643, 1627, 1641, 1628, 1699, 1632, 1707, 1683 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Wyke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 207 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wyke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Wykes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Wyke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Peter Wyke, who arrived in Virginia in 1677
  • Edward Wyke, a bonded passenger who came to America in 1699

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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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The Wyke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wyke 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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