Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Ellwick, Helwick
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/public/Elwick/#title.
Guild hosted website:
Contact: Mrs Shirley Forster
The earliest reference I have found is a John ELLISWYK mentioned as receiving a pension of ?20 per year in 1468 in the Registers of the Archdeaconry of Richmond.
In the US the earliest reference I have found is of a John ELWICK in 1653. He is mentioned as one of 20 persons being imported from York England to land in Lancaster County owned by Charles GRYMES.
The most famous ELWICK must be Nathaniel ELWICK, he was a Director of the East India Company and was Governor of Bombay 1721-1725.
Second place must go to Edward ELWICK who was a furniture maker of Wakefield from 1745-1771 and whose chairs are on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
In the 1881 UK Census there were 172 people with the name
In the 1880 US Census there were just 41 people with the name
In September 2002 in the UK there were 368 ELWICK's according to an Office of National Statistics database, which contains a list of surnames in use in England, Wales and the Isle of Mann.
In the 1995 USA phonebooks there were 39 ELWICK's listed
In the 1995 Canada phonebooks there were just 4 ELWICK's listed
In the 1995 Australian phonebooks there was just 1 person listed
The 1585 Visitation of Yorkshire mentions ELWICK's of Elwick Tower Northumberland but the name is found in Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and London throughout the 16th century.
By the end of the 18th century it is found mainly in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Durham and London with one family in Hampshire.
Today the largest clusters are still in Durham, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Amongst my files I have:
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