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Wykes is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wykes family lived in Sussex. The name, however, derives from the Old English word wic, which describes someone who lives at an outlying settlement.

Wykes Early Origins



The surname Wykes 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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Wykes Spelling Variations


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Wykes Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wykes family name include Weekes, Weeks, Wikes, Wykes, Wyke, Wix, Wicks, Weykes and many more.

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Wykes Early History


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Wykes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wykes 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 Wykes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wykes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wykes Early Notables (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 ( fl. 1554), of Moreton Jeffries, Herefordshire, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Leominster in November 1554; Thomas Wykes (died c.1430), Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire; Richard...

Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wykes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Wykes family to immigrate North America:

Wykes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Wykes, a bonded passenger who came to America in 1767

Wykes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Wykes, who was naturalized in New York in 1807

Wykes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Read Wykes, aged 45, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Sarah Wykes, aged 41, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Wykes, aged 16, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Sarah Wykes, aged 14, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Mary Ann Wykes, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wykes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wykes (post 1700)



  • Walter Wykes (b. 1969), American playwright and actor
  • Robert A. Wykes (b. 1926), American composer of contemporary classical music and flautist
  • Roger Irving Wykes (b. 1874), American Republican politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention 17th District, 1907-08; Michigan State Attorney General, 1912
  • John P. Wykes, American politician, Supervisor of Paris Township, Michigan, 1869-70
  • Geoffrey Wykes (1890-1926), English cricketer
  • Dave Wykes (1867-1895), English footballer
  • Adrian Paul Acheson "Percy" Wykes (b. 1958), English cricketer
  • Sam Wykes (b. 1988), Australian rugby union footballer
  • Edgar Frederick "Ted" Wykes OAM (b. 1921), Australian cricket Test match umpire
  • Sarah Wykes, British human rights activist

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Motto


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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  11. ...

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