Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
This new study (August 2018) is focussed on the Wilks surname and its variants. Primary focus will start in South Warwickshire and start moving out geographically.
Wilkes, Wilk, Wilke
According to "The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland" (Hanks et al . The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland (Page 2908). OUP Oxford. Kindle Edition) Wilk's current frquencies are 4584 in Great Britain, and 13 in Ireland. In 1881 the numbers were 4650 in Census. The main locations given in 1881 were WR Yorkshire, Lancashire and the West Midlands. The name originally derived from Wilk with the variants including Wilke, and Wilkes..
Variants: Wilke, Wilks, Wilkes
Current frequencies: GB 511 Ireland 15
GB frequency 1881: 72
Main GB location 1881: Staffs
English: relationship name from Middle English Wilke, a pet form of William and probably a shortening of Wilkin. The usage was very likely Flemish in origin.
Further information: Alternative origins for Middle English Wilke from Old English Willoc and Old Scandinavian Vígleikr are theoretically possible but there is no evidence for them in the period when surnames were being created.
Early bearers: given names: Wilke Waterman, 1196, Wilke furnur de Munsorel (Mountsorrel, Leics), 1225, Wilke de Pailinton (Pailton, Warwicks), 1242-3 in Leicester Borough Records; Wylke de Chyrchele, 1246 in Assize Rolls (Lancs); Wilke, 1286 in Assize Rolls (Cheshire).
surnames: Roger Wylk, 1279 in Hundred Rolls (Beds); Thomas Wylke, 1381 in Poll Tax (Bramley, Surrey); Tho. Wilke, 1560 in IGI (Cropthorne, Worcs); Elizabeth Wilke, 1572 in IGI (Penkridge, Staffs); Willm. Wilk., 1581 in IGI (Upton upon Severn, Worcs); Catherine Wilk, 1679 in IGI (Canterbury, Kent). Wilke
All of the above from The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, Hanks Coates, McClure (c) Oxford University Press 2016. ISBN 978-0-19-967776-4 Page 2907
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