Wyckoff Family History & Genealogy

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Wyckoff Last Name History & Origin

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Updated Sep 13, 2017

History

            In America, the surname has been spelled differently over successive generations.  Over 50 spellings have been listed.   Descendants of Pieter Wyckoff were verified, arranged, and listed in the 1950 publication, Wyckoff Family in America.   The most recent edition can be ordered as a CD from the website:  [external link].  Events at the Wyckoff Farm House Museum in Brooklyn are announced at the same website.
Unfortunately, a false meaning and origin of the name were promulgated by the Wyckoff Association of America over decades, but the truth is finally ascending.

             The name Wyckoff is often assumed to be Dutch in origin because it was the surname adopted when Pieter Claessen was living among Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam, when it was mandated by the English administrators to take a last name.  The name actually denotes the location of his home south of Norden in Ost Friesland from where the young Pieter Claessen emigrated to New Amsterdam.   The name has different spellings and connotations in Dutch and Frisian.  The Frisian meaning of wik, a settlement on a bay or waterway is most appropriate for his home, since Wykhof was on a waterway leading from the bay of the Ems River inland to Marianhafe in Ost Frisland, not far from the North Sea coast .  Dutch wijk signifies a district within a large settlement, and may be borrowed from the Latin vicus.   An alternative interpretation in Ostfrisian meaning a yard around a sacred space or sanctuary is discussed.              The name Wyckoff is often assumed to be Dutch in origin because it was the surname adopted when Pieter Claessen was living among Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam, when it was mandated by the English administrators to take a last name.  The name actually denotes the location of his home south of Norden in Ost Friesland from where the young Pieter Claessen emigrated to New Amsterdam.   The name has different spellings and connotations in Dutch and Frisian.  The Frisian meaning of wik, a settlement on a bay or waterway is most appropriate for his home, since Wykhof was on a waterway leading from the bay of the Ems River inland to Marianhafe in Ost Frisland, not far from the North Sea coast .  Dutch wijk signifies a district within a large settlement, and may be borrowed from the Latin vicus.   An alternative interpretation in Ostfrisian meaning a yard around a sacred space or sanctuary is discussed.

Name Origin

            Wykoff is a compound word with two constituents.  The meaning of wik in the North Germanic languages is a settlement on a bay or waterway. In Frisian, it is pronounced VIK as in victory.   It is the same word root seen in the English words Viking and Sandwich.  The meaning of -hof is a yard around a household, a church, or place of business.



 


 

Spellings & Pronunciations

     Variations in the spelling of the surname include Wykoff, Wyckoff, Wycoff, Wicoff, Wikoff, Wykhoff, Wykhof, Wieckhof, Wickhoff, Wijkoff, etc.  There are dozens of variations.
In the original Friesian language, the first syllable was pronounced as VIC as in victory. In English, it is pronounced as WIKE and rhymes with bike, like, etc.

Nationality & Ethnicity

            Descendants of Pieter Claessen Wyckoff in America can be sure that their surname in all of its various spellings originated in Germany, specifically near Marianhafe in Ost Friesland which is east of the Ems River.  The evidence as presented by Wilhelm Wykhoff and Hans Schrader in the 1988 issue of the Wyckoff Bulletin is very convincing.

           Frisland ia a cultural and linguistic area along the southern shores of the North Sea from the islands east of the Denmark peninsula through Germany and into northeast Netherlands.  Geographically, the three territories are West Frisland, Ost Frisland, and Nord Frisland.  Frisian is a language that cannot be understood by Germans or Netherlanders.  Old Frisian and Old English were closely related.  For centuries, most Frisians have been either dairy farmers or sea traders, and some like the Wykoffs, were both.  Around 700 A.D., Frisians were the dominant maritime traders in Northern Europe, with an important trading center at Dorestad in the Rhine River valley. 

 

Famous People named Wyckoff

    Ralph W. G. Wyckoff (1897-1994) was a pioneer of X-ray crystallography, who wrote his Ph.D. dissertation at Cornell University in 1919 under the supervision of Shoji Nishikawa.  He produced tables with positional coordinates, the forerunner of the 1935 International Tables for X-ray Crystallography. Both general and special positions are called Wyckoff positions in his honor.

 

    Clinton R. Wyckoff (1874-1947) was an All American football quarterback at Cornell University in 1895, but the most famous among  Wykoff athletes was Frank C. Wykoff (1909-1980), the only man who ever won 3 gold medals in 400 meter relays in 3 consecutive Olympics. He raced in world-record efforts in Amsterdam (1928), Los Angeles (1932), and Berlin (1936).  At age 18, while in Glendale High School, California, he beat the great Charlie Paddock who had been billed the "fastest human" since 1921.  In 1930, Wykoff ran the first official 9.4 secs for 100 yards in an era when no starting blocks were used; he held the world record until 1947.  Before graduating at Southern Cal in 1932, he won three IC4A, two NCAA, and two AAU dash titles.

Early Wyckoffs

These are the earliest records we have of the Wyckoff family.

around 1809 - Jun 5, 1896
around 1811 - Dec 6, 1896
around 1813 - Nov 13, 1903
around 1813 - Dec 13, 1900
around 1821 - Jan 19, 1899
around 1824 - Nov 8, 1908
around 1824 - Feb 9, 1904
around 1831 - Mar 8, 1905
around 1834 - May 16, 1901
around 1836 - Nov 11, 1903

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Most Common First Names

Sample of 20 Wyckoff Biographies

Unknown - Unknown
Aug 4, 1910 - Apr 19, 1991
Sep 7, 1913 - April 1983
Sep 1, 1905 - June 1993
Aug 6, 1954 - Oct 17, 1997
Feb 20, 1914 - Aug 17, 1994
Feb 28, 1913 - Feb 4, 2005
Jan 4, 1905 - April 1960
Aug 5, 1944 - Dec 6, 2010
Sep 17, 1968 - Apr 18, 2011
Sep 10, 1912 - October 1972
Mar 1, 1940 - Mar 2, 2007
Aug 31, 1888 - October 1965
Nov 28, 1934 - Dec 25, 2000
Feb 24, 1966 - Nov 12, 2010
Dec 27, 1911 - June 1984
around 1933 - Unknown
around 1824 - Nov 16, 1909
Unknown - Unknown
around 1923 - Unknown

Wyckoff Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Wyckoff family member is 72.6 years old according to our database of 2,591 people with the last name Wyckoff that have a birth and death date listed.

Life Expectancy

72.6 years

Oldest Wyckoffs

These are the longest-lived members of the Wyckoff family on AncientFaces.

Jan 16, 1880 - March 1988
108 years
Oct 8, 1878 - June 1983
104 years
Oct 25, 1899 - Jan 8, 2004
104 years
Jan 10, 1890 - Aug 9, 1993
103 years
Aug 30, 1894 - Jul 30, 1998
103 years
Sep 20, 1903 - Nov 14, 2004
101 years
Feb 9, 1875 - March 1976
101 years
Oct 3, 1873 - February 1974
100 years
Dec 26, 1893 - Jun 17, 1993
99 years
Jan 14, 1912 - Jan 29, 2011
99 years

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Michelle Wyckoff
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Pieter Clausen Wyckoff came and settled in the first European Colony on Long Island, New York 1635
Mar 23, 2015 · Reply
Pieter Claessen arrived at Rennselaerswyck in 1637. The complete log of the ship is available online.

Log of the Rensselaerswyck (1636-1637) - Cliff Lamere 
[external link]

Log of the Ship Rensselaerswyck on its Voyage from Amsterdam to New Netherland, September 25, 1636 - April 7, 1637 ...

[external link]~clifflamere/Misc/MI-LogRenWyck.htm

Pieter Claessen did not move to Long Island until after his marriage in Beverswyck. See:
"The Rise of Pieter Claessen Wyckoff: Social Mobility on the Colonial Frontier" by Morton Wagman. A brief 24 pp. biography of PC after his arrival in America. Reprint available from the online shop at the Wyckoff Museum website.
Mar 24, 2015 · Reply
Michelle Wyckoff
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Who knows the history of the Kansas to California Wyckoff's ?
Mar 23, 2015 · Reply
Regarding your query about California Wyckoffs from Kansas, you should be able to search for them if you have some actual first names, by checking the convenient index on the CD version of The Wyckoff Family in America which is available at the website: [external link]
Mar 24, 2015 · Reply
New book. Search Wykoff Wyckoff (author and subject) at [external link]
Aug 05, 2014 · Reply

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