Wilkerson Family Crest / Wilkerson Coat of Arms

Wilkerson Coat of Arms

Wilkerson Coat of Arms


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Origin Displayed: English

Where did the English Wilkerson family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Wilkerson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?

Wilkerson is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Wilkerson comes from the Norman personal name Wilkins, which in turn is derived from the name William. William, which is derived from the words will, meaning resolution and helm, meaning armed.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Wilkerson are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wilkerson include Wilkinson, Wilkisson, Wilkiesson and others.

First found in Durham where they were seated from early times.

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Wilkerson, or a variant listed above: William Wilkinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1606, 14 years before the “Mayflower”; Lawrence Wilkinson, who arrived in Providence, RI in 1645; Daniell Wilkinson, who arrived in Providence, RI in 1679.

Motto Translated: Glory to thee, not to me.

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Suggested Readings for the name Wilkerson

    * Our Wilkersons: From Burke to Rutherford to Polk, 1760-1980 by Blanche W. Culbreth.
Some noteworthy people of the name Wilkerson

    * Stephen Bradley Wilkerson (b. 1977), American Major League baseball player
    * Cathlyn Platt Wilkerson (b. 1945), American radical
    * Lawrence B. Wilkerson (b. 1945), American retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell
    * Nathaniel P. Wilkerson (b. 1972), Canadian artist from the Gitksan First Nation