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Most Sykes came from the West Riding of Yorkshire, southwest of Leeds.

According to Bryan Sykes, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, and historian George Redmods in Program 1, "There's Only One Mr. Sykes" of the BBC Radio Special "Surnames, Genes and Genealogy":

"The majority of present-day Sykeses can trace their origins back to a family living in Slaithwaite, just outside Huddersfield, in the fifteenth century, or, Bryan Sykes contends, further back to 1280 when William del Sykes held land nine miles east in Flockton."
This was also documented in the "Herald and Genealogist", Vol 3, page 459, quoted in Richard Sikes and His Descendants, the First Seven Generations.

According to several accounts Richard was born in Leek, Staffordshire, but as far as I know this has not been proven.

According to Arthur Sikes "Most of the migration in that time period came from the southern English counties. Even London could be a possibility."

Other Maps
England Map at U. Texas

Leek, Staffordshire at: MultiMap, UK Street Maps,

Flockton, West Yorkshire at: MultiMap,, pictures here

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last updated 14 Jun 2003