What Does The Last Name "Sykes" Mean?


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There is definitely a connection with water. In older English a sike or syke is either a gutter, or a small stream, one that dries up in summer.

The name may originally have meant "at or by the syke", ie by the stream; a great many surnames began as place names of this kind. It has particular associations with Northern England, especially Yorkshire.

There is an American website devoted to gathering information about the name and the people who bear it; please click here if you are interested.

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