|I find your site very interesting - though I am proud to be a WYKE without the S! My family came from Blaina in Gwent and can be placed there from the early 19th century. In the mid 70's I read a manuscript in Bristol University which stated that the origin of the name WYKE(WYCHE) came from Celtic times and was a Cornish word which meant 'Barn Maker'. Although my late Uncle claimed that he had traced our family tree back to the times of the Vikings - though he was a 'wonderful romantic' and admitted that. I am most definitely a 'Welsh WYKE' and so was my Great Grandfather - down to my four sons. Thank you for your hard work, it's nice to be amongst such a unique and select 'family'.
Fri 04 Apr 2003 09:02:56
I remember my father, Charles Wykes (born Bradford 1909) always marked his tennis balls with the initials YX. A very interesting site. Keep up the good work!
Sat 05 Apr 2003 17:59:08
From a Lancashire Wykes - Only joking a Warkwickshire/Birmingham Wykes who has emigrated!!!! Nice to know there are some Whykes' out there as its the most popular spelling!!!
Sun 06 Apr 2003 15:20:34
Thank you so much for all the information. I am a descendant of the James & Susan Wykes "clan" of Australia. It is really funny to see all the information that I have grown up hearing about on the net! I would love to somehow learn about the history of my ancestors before their life in Australia. One thing that I have always been told but am unsure if it's true, is that the town where my relatives all originate in Australia, Yeoval, is populated by Wykes' & Pickfords and that they came from Yeovil in England which also used to be populated by Wykes & Pickfords! I hope that you continue to find out more!! Regards
Wed 09 Apr 2003 02:42:20
I really did not imagine anyone was that interested in my surname. I understood that a 'wick' was a farm and wicks was a farmworker, the meaning having Norse roots. So Norwich might be Northwick. Anyway, I shall read the site and learn
Thu 17 Apr 2003 22:37:18
Hi, yet another Wykes to add to the site. I was born in Mountain Ash, Wales, 1951, moved to Leicestershire when I was about 2yrs and then schooled in Yorkshire. Played for Leicester Tigers for a while. Anyone out there related or know me?
Sun 20 Apr 2003 15:59:44
Really impressed with the site and all the Wykes around the world. I have a famous Wyke I think might be related to the Speke Wykes, John Wyke born 1720 who was a celebrated clock maker based in Prescot died in 1787. He built the clock on the wall in chester and was my relation. Any more info would be nice as would hearing from some relatives :-)
Sun 20 Apr 2003 21:01:55
I am the son of William Victor Whykes, grandson of Thomas Victor Whykes and great grandson of George Whykes, grocer of Bunninyong Victoria Australia.
Thomas William (Bill) Whykes,
Fri 25 Apr 2003 06:57:16
great to see the site is still going strong, I last looked in 1999 and have since produced another Spratton Wykes, a son called William Thomas Wykes born on 25-7-2000, if you need any info regarding Spratton Wykes's please contact & I will try to help. from Robert & Catherine Wykes.
Fri 25 Apr 2003 20:43:05
Leigh Ann Wykes Hibbs,
Tue 29 Apr 2003 20:41:08