I would be interested to know how many researchers out there believe that in most instances, whether the name is Wickes or Weekes or any derivative of either spelling, the families have the same roots??
Joseph Weekes/Weicks/Wicks/Weeckes/Weecks/Wickes and Weeks are some of the spellings for the same individual that migrated from lower VA to MD in 1650.He was known as Weeks in VA and by all of the variations listed above in MD.Wicks/Weekes/Weeks were also in NY and MA at the same time.
According to "Side Lights on Maryland History" the author, Richarson believes that Hynson/Hinson are one in the same family and that is proved by all of the variations found in the Maryland Archives over the years.Some believe that the Familiy changed its name but Richardson believes that the family spelled their name Hinson and the "Maryland Spelling" of the name changed from time to time and location.
I have found the same for the Doyle Family that first appears in MD, ca. 1677, then VA, then NC.Doyley, Doil, Dyl, Doyall, Doyle, Doyel, Dyal, Dyall, Doyall are some of the spellings you will find for the same family.
In my opinion these variations for each family should all be combined into one Genforum Site so that valuable postings won't be lost in a different site.