Wilkes name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Wilkes mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Wilkes

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International Interest
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  1. United States explorer of Antarctica (1798-1877)
  2. English reformer who published attacks on George III and supported the rights of the American colonists (1727-1797)

From Wilk, a back-formation from Wilkin + the patronymic suffix -s.

  1. A patronymic surname​.

Notable Persons Named Wilkes

Notable Persons Named Wilkes

Wilkes Angel

Wilkes was born on February 26th, 1817. He breathed his last breath in 1889.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Wilkes

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wilkes

John Wilkes

John Wilkes was a magistrate, essayist, and journalist. John was born on October 17th, 1725 in Clerkenwell. He died on December 26th, 1797.

Annie Wilkes

Annie Wilkes is a fictional character.

Melanie Wilkes

Melanie Wilkes is a fictional character.

Jamaal Wilkes

Jamaal Wilkes is a basketball player for the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Clippers. His career lasted from 1974 to 1985. Jamaal was born on May 2nd, 1953 in Berkeley, California.

Jonny Wilkes

Jonny Wilkes is an entertainer. Jonny was born on August 1st, 1978 in Baddeley Green.

Ashley Wilkes

Ashley Wilkes is a fictional character.

  • Charles Wilkes
  • Sir Maurice Wilkes
  • India Wilkes
    Fictional Character
  • Faas Wilkes
    Soccer Player
  • Mary Allen Wilkes
  • J.D. Wilkes
  • Rodney Wilkes
  • Reggie Wilkes
  • Oliver Wilkes
    Rugby Player
  • George Wilkes
  • John E. Wilkes
  • Jim Wilkes
  • Brent Ashley Wilkes
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Debbi Wilkes
    Figure Skater

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wilkes U.S.
  White 69.32% 64.26%
  African American 25.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.36% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.58% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wilkes

People with the last name Wilkes are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Wilkes

  • How Popular is the name Wilkes? Wilkes is the 27,539th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wilkes was the 1,975th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wilkes have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 202 babies born with the first name Wilkes in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wilkes to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wilkes? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Wilkes first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wilkes is Monday, March 22nd, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Wilkes born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wilkes was in 2018 with a total of 30 babies.
  • Random Wilkes Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wilkes is not a popular baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Georgia have the same name in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Wilkes: The name spelled backwards is Sekliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Siewkl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wilkes? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 18,314 people with the last name Wilkes.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wilkes? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Wilkes as their last name.
  • Wilkes name meaning

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