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What does Wilkes mean?

Wilkes Pronunciation of Wilkes [wilkes] as a boys' name is of Old English origin. Probably a short form of Wilkins. Presidential assassion John Wilkes Booth.

Associated with: old english.


Wilkes has 3 variants: Wilkie, Willkes and Willkie.

Affiliated boy name: William.

Creative forms:
(male) Walkes, Winkes, ..

(female) Wilney, Wilver, ..

Middle name pairings:
Wilkes Eugene (W.E.), ..

How popular is Wilkes?

Wilkes is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#1856 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Wilkie and William (#5 in 2015) are the prominent varying forms of Wilkes (not ranked) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Wilkes were at the top of their popularity a century ago (median #1001) and are now much less popular (#1002, 89.3% less usage). (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilkie, William in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of William outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aimes, Akilles, Arles, Claes, Dalles, Delles, Gibbes, Giles, Gilles, Gyles, Holmes, Jiles, Jules, Jyles, Klaes, Miles, Myles, Niles, Oakes, Parkes, Ries, Rives, Stiles, Wake, Walden, Waleed, Walker, Wallas, Waller, Walter, Welbey (see Welby), Welden, Wells, Wick, Wickley, Wil, Wilber, Wilbert, Wilbur, Wild, Wilde, Wilder, Wilek, Wiley, Wilfred, Will, Willem, Willes, Willess, Willet, Willets, Willett, Willey, Willi, Willie, Willis, Williss, Willkins (see Wilkinson), Willmer, Wills, Willy, Wilmar, Wilmer, Wilmot, Wilson, Wilton, Winter, Winters, Wister, Wole, Wolfe, Wulfe, Wyler, Wylie and Wylmer. These names tend to be more commonly used than Wilkes.