The name ‘Wilken’ originates from England. . It is a patronymic of ‘Wilkin’ derived from a medieval name, a short form of the name ‘Will’ a topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or stream, from the Middle English word ‘will’ (from the West Saxon form, ‘wiell (a)’, from the Old English word ‘well (a)’). With the addition of the hypocoristic suffix -kin (of Low Germanic origin). Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Wilkinson’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Thomas Wylkynson’, from the county of Yorkshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Thomas Wilkinson’, aged 21, a labourer by trade, from the county of Surrey, England. He immigrated to North America in 1775, sailing from the Port of London aboard the ship named the ‘Baltimore Packet’ on the 13th of February 1775, arriving in Maryland on the … Coat of arms: Gules a fes…
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