Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Polish : from Polish wilk ‘wolf’, probably from an Old Slavic personal name containing this element, but perhaps also applied as a nickname for someone thought to resemble a wolf or connected with wolves.
  • Scottish and English : from a medieval personal name, a back-formation from Wilkin, as if that contained the Anglo-Norman French diminutive suffix -in.
  • North German : variant of Wilke.