Wykes Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Meaning, Origin, Etymology
The English surname Wykes is local in origin belonging to that group of surnames derived from the place where a man once lived or where he once held land. In this case the surname comes from the Old English word “wic” which originally meant “dwelling place” but in the Middle Ages came to mean “village” and in some instances “dairy farm”. The bearer of this surname would have been one who dwelt “at the village” or who worked “at the farm”. This word has also given us several place names including Wix in Essex, Wyke and Wick in a number of counties. It may be that the original bearer of this surname resided “at Wix” or “at Wyke”. Another possibility is that the surname was adopted by one who resided “at the wych-elm”

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) or Weykes – (co. Cambridge). Ar. three pales sa. on each a greyhound’s head erased of the first, collared or. Source: Burke’s
2) (Cocktree, c-o. Devon). Erm. three battle axes sa. Source: Burke’s
3) (North Wyke, co. Devon; John Wykes, Esq., of North Wyke, temp. James I., great-grandson of John Wykes, of same place. Visit. Devon, 1620). Erm. three battleaxes sa., quartering, 1st, Burnell; 2nd, Avenell; 3rd, Powkeswell. Source: Burke’s
4) (Wells, co. Somerset; Edward Wykes, of the Middle Temple, London, temp. James I., son of Nicholas Wykes, Esq., of Wells. Visit. Somerset, 1623). Ar. a chev. gu. betw. three crosses flory sa. Source: Burke’s
5) (Dursley, co. Gloucester). Ar on a pale betw. two palets sa. three greyhounds’ heads erased or, collared gu. Crest—A greyhound’s head erased or, collared gu. holding In the mouth a man’s leg couped at the thigh ar. Source: Burke’s
6) (co. Gloucester). Gu. a bend erm. cotised indented or. Source: Burke’s
7) (Morton Jeffery, co. Hereford). Az. a lion ramp. lozengy ar. and gu. Crest—A cock statant gu. Source: Burke’s
8) Ar. a chev. componee az. and vert betw. three turkey-cocks of the second. Source: Burke’s
9) Ar. on a pale cotised sa. three greyhounds’ heads erased or, collared gu. Crest—A greyhound’s head erased or, gorged with a bar gemel gu, in the mouth a man’s leg couped above the knee ar. Source: Burke’s

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