The ancestors of the Wylkens family migrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The surname Wylkens is based on the Norman personal name William,
which is derived from the words will,
meaning resolution and helm,
Early Origins of the Wylkens family
The surname Wylkens was first found in Glamorganshire
where they held a family seat
from early times. They were descended from Robert de Wintona, one of twelve knights who came into Glamorgan with Robert Fitzhamon, a Norman noble, in 1066. Fitzhamon was Sheriff of Kent
and founder of Tewkesbury.
Early History of the Wylkens family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wylkens research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1614, 1672, 1668, 1625, 1626, 1699 and 1618 are included under the topic Early Wylkens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wylkens Spelling Variations
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 Wylkens were recorded, including Wilkins, Wilkin, Wilkines, Wilkyn, Wilking and others.
Early Notables of the Wylkens family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Wilkins FRS
(1614-1672), an English clergyman, natural philosopher and author, founder of the Invisible College and one of the founders of the Royal Society, Bishop of Chester from 1668 until his death; Thomas Wilkins (1625... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wylkens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wylkens family to the New World and Oceana
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
, 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 Wylkens arrived in North America very early: Nicholas Wilking, a juror of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1753; Maudlin Wilkin settled in Barbados in 1654; Bridget and John Wilkines settled in Virginia in 1623.
The Wylkens 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: Estote prudentes
Motto Translation: Be ye prudent.