Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wycliff

Alternatively spelled Wycliffe, the Old English boy's name Wycliff (WY-clif) means "white cliff." Originating as a place name and surname, one of the first recorded spellings of the name was Witclive, and the title belonged to an old village that dates back to at least 1086. Other spellings over time include Wyclif, Wiclef, Wicliffe, Wickliffe and Wyclef.

One of the most famous namesakes was John Wycliffe (1320 - 1384), a Protestant reformer known for translating the Bible into English (which is now known as the Wycliffe Bible). He had his own group of followers called Lollards, while Lollardy was a political and religious movement that started in the middle of the 14th century and continued into the English Reformation. Wycliffe was a very well educated man associated with more than one college/university.

Wyclef Jean is a rap singer born in Haiti.
Wycliff Gordon is an American jazz musician and music educator.
Wycliffe Well is the "UFO Capital of Australia."
Wycliff Palu is an Australian rugby footballer.

There are approximately 85 people in the U.S. with their first name spelled Wycliff, 239 spelled Wycliffe, 12 Wyclif, 3 Wyclife, and 6 Wyclef.

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