Author: M. William Wykoff
Synopsis: (from Amazon) The cumulative evidence presented here proves that the origin of the surname Wyckoff is Frisian and refers to a household or settlement on a bay, although many uninformed American descendants of Pieter Claessen Wyckoff continue to believe the name to be Dutch. Frisian was only one of the many languages spoken by early settlers of New Netherland. In the Northern Germanic linguistic area of Europe, the surname occurs principally in the Lower Saxony area of Germany which includes East Frisia from where our American ancestor emigrated. Amid the proliferation of costly false and inaccurate information being disseminated on popular interactive genealogy websites, the author suggests corrective measures that could be taken by professional genealogical societies and family associations such as the Wyckoff Association of America.
For those studying the Wyckoffs descended from Pieter Claessen Wyckoff, who settled in New Netherland, this is a book you should order pronto. This comprehensive study disproves long-held beliefs that Pieter Claessen and his adopted surname of Wyckoff were of Dutch origins, by showing evidence that the origins of both are East Frisia (Ostfriesland). The author also clears up the mistaken identity of Pieter Claessen’s parents and supplies a meaning behind the surname Wyckoff. Between the references, records, and experts consulted, no stone has been left unturned.