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Wicklund Coat of Arms / Wicklund Family Crest

Wicklund Coat of Arms / Wicklund Family Crest

This Swedish surname of WICKLUND was an ornamental name chosen by someone who lived near a bay. The name was originally rendered in the Old Norman form VIK, and the name is also spelt WIKLINE, WIKANDER, WICKMAN, VICKSTROM and WICKSTROM. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. A minor notable of the name was Alma WICKMAN, born on the 3rd November, 1907. She was a librarian and her appointments included librarian at the Morrill, Nebraska Public Library from 1933 until 1939, and assistant librarian at Grand Island Public Library, Norfolk, Nebraska. She was also President of the Nebraska Library Association. In the 17th century, so-called 'soldiers' names are found as the earliest kind of hereditary surnames in Sweden. These names were derived from vocabulary words, usually martial-sounding monosyllables such as Rapp (prompt) Rask (bold), or occasionally names of animals and birds. The names were bestowed on soldiers for administrative purposes, and no doubt in some cases derived from pre-existing nicknames. Most Swedes did not adopt hereditary surnames until a century or more later, and the patronymic system was still in use in rural areas until late in the 19th century. In the absence of evidence to the contrary it is thought that people may have adopted their surname from the area in which they lived. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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