Wilkes Family History
Wilkes Name Meaning
English (West Midlands): either a variant of Wilk with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s or from the Middle English personal name Wilcus an uncommon pet form of a personal name in Wil-. The suffix is a double diminutive -k + -us the latter being used with Old English female names (compare Aldous ). So Wilcus may also be a pet form of an Old English female name such as Wilburg. Alternatively it may have been used with Norman personal names of either gender for example as a pet form of William . If Wilcus became an inherited surname it would quickly have become merged with Wilkes. Wilcus may also have been absorbed into Wildgoose . Dutch and North German: patronymic from the personal name Wilke a pet form of Will.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022