Recorded in many spellings forms including Wycherley, Wickersley, Whicherley, Witcherley, and Witcharley, this is an English medieval surname. It is locational and according to 'Burkes General Armoury' was recorded as Wycherley of Wicherley in Salop (Shropshire), thus suggesting that the original nameholders were the lords of the manor. This however raises two interesting points. The first is that the original spelling of the surname was with an "i", the spelling form with a "y" seemingly being an 18th century affectation, to attempt to revive what might have been an early English spelling. The second point is that no such place as Wicherley or Wycherley or anything like it, seems to exist as a place name anywhere in England. Presumably a place so named did once exist, but if so it no longer appears in any known gazetter. This in itself is not unual, about 8% of English locational surnames are believed to derive from places, whose only memory survives in the existing surname. The make up of the name does suggest that it is from the Olde English pre 7th century words 'wice' and 'leah', meaning the clearing in the elm wood. Early examples of the surname taken from surviving registers and charters of Shropshire include: Symon Witcharley of Waters Upton, on December 28th 1566, and Thomas Wickerley of Weston under Redcastle, on July 7th 1571. William Wycherley (1640 - 1715) was a famous dramatist. He was born at Clive in Cheshire, and after education at Oxford University, had his first play 'Love in St James Park' produced in London in 1671. This perhaps not surprisingly, secured for him the 'intimacy' of the Duchess of Cleveland, the premier mistress at the time, of King Charles 11 (1160 - 1685).

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  • WYCHERLEY (W.) — WYCHERLEY WILLIAM (1640 1716) Dès l’âge de quinze ans, Wycherley fut envoyé en France, où la duchesse de Montausier (Julie de Rambouillet, la célèbre Julie d’Angennes) le reçut dans la brillante société qu’elle rassemblait dans son hôtel. Rentré… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Wycherley —   [ wɪtʃəlɪ], William, englischer Dramatiker, * Clive (bei Shrewsbury) um 1640, ✝ London 1. 1. 1714; fand Zugang zu den galanten und höfischen Kreisen der Restaurationszeit. In seinen Sittenkomödien (Comedy of Manners), die sich durch derb… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Wycherley — (spr. Uitscherli), William, geb. 1640; studirte Jurisprudenz, widmete sich aber ganz der dramatischen Poesie u. st. 1715. Seine Lustspiele, welche viel Glück auf der Bühne machten u. ihm die Gunst des Königs Jakob II. erwarben, stehen in seinen… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Wycherley — (spr. ŭittscherlĭ), William, engl. Lustspieldichter, geb. 1640 in Shropshire, gest. 1715, studierte die Rechte, wandte sich aber bald völlig der Lustspieldichtung zu. Durch die Herzogin von Cleveland erhielt er eine Anstellung an dem liederlichen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Wycherley — (spr. wítscherlĕ), William, engl. Lustspieldichter, geb. 1640 zu Clive bei Shrewsbury, gest. 1. Jan. 1716; bes. bekannt seine Komödien »The country wife«, »The plain dealer« etc. – Vgl. Klette (1883), Krause (1883) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Wycherley — Wycherley, William …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Wycherley — [wich′ər lē] William 1640? 1716; Eng. dramatist …   English World dictionary

  • Wycherley — People with the family name Wycherley *William Wycherley, (ca. 1640 –1716), an English dramatist *Billy Fury (Ronald Wycherley), singer * Olivia Wycherley (SMCC) *Sir Sean Wycherley …   Wikipedia

  • Wycherley — William Wycherley William Wycherley (* 1640 Clive, Shropshire; † 1716) war ein Englischer Dramatiker der Restaurationszeit. Biografie Er wurde in Clive, Shropshire geboren, studierte in Frankreich und kam 1660 zurück nach England. 1671 schrieb er …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Wycherley — noun English playwright noted for his humorous and satirical plays (1640 1716) • Syn: ↑William Wycherley • Instance Hypernyms: ↑dramatist, ↑playwright …   Useful english dictionary

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