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Wick Name Meaning

English: from Middle English wik(e) (Old English wīc) ‘building; enclosed piece of land; dependent farm where a certain kind of work is done’. In placenames the term is frequently combined with words associated with food production as in Butterwick ‘butter wick’ Chiswick ‘cheese wick’ Cowick ‘cow wick’ Hardwick ‘herd wick’ Gatwick ‘goat wick’ Shapwick ‘sheep wick’ Goswick ‘goose wick’ Berwick ‘barley wick’ Fishwick ‘fish wick’. The most common sense is ‘dairy farm’. The surname may be topographic or occupational denoting someone who lived or worked at a wick (compare Wicker ) or habitational denoting someone who lived at or came from a place called Wick (of which there are examples in Berkshire Gloucestershire Somerset Wiltshire and Worcestershire) Wyke (Devon Dorset Surrey Yorkshire) or Week (Cornwall Devon Hampshire Isle of Wight Somerset). German: from a medieval personal name Wicko a short form of any of various ancient Germanic personal names formed with the element wīg ‘battle war’. German: habitational name from Wick (Westphalia) or any of the places called Wieck or Wiek. Americanized form of Norwegian Vik . Scottish: habitational name from Wick (Caithness) derived from Old Norse vík ‘bay’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hick, Dick, Bick, Pick, Weck, Wack, Sick, Rock, Wilk, Weick

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Where is the Wick family from?

You can see how Wick families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wick family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wick families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 16 Wick families living in Ohio. This was about 28% of all the recorded Wick's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Wick families in 1840.
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What did your Wick ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wick. 15% of Wick men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Wick women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wick were Carpenter and Seamstress. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Seamstress
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There are 53,000 census records available for the last name Wick. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wick census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Wick. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Wick. For the veterans among your Wick ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wick lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Wick life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Wick in 1948 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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