What is the origin of the surname Wyckoff and who were Pieter Claesen Wyckoff's parents?

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For over a year now (Dec 2014) we have had a lively discussion on the origins of Pieter Claesen Wyckoff.  

Steven Mix and Philip van der Walt, two of our powerhouse Project Leaders have been doing yeoman's work on the New Netherlands Settler's Project and are to be thoroughly thanked many times over for an often thankless task.  Philip in particular has been put in the unenviable position of trying to moderate the discussion and keep with Wikitree's goal of having well documented and well sourced profiles while supporting strong collaboration.  Thank you Philip.

However, with the addition of M. William Wykoff, a strong researcher in the Wyckoff surname (he has written a book and is an academic).  We now have strong pressure to make significant changes to this profile.  

This may be become a case study in how to Collaborate when tensions are high and there are strong advocacies for staying with the long establish history vs making changes in light of relatively recent new information.

Sometimes it is not pretty, but efforts are made to convince using real data and information along with keeping respect for long established research.  Changes have been made but the desire for further changes still remain.

If nothing else, it is very educational.

I have opened this question on G2G in hopes of providing a better forum for us to air our differences and to better discuss the information needed to find Consensus.

If you are a Wyckoff researcher or a just interested in how to make changes on a shared profile.  Please join the discussion.  Maybe we will all learn something new in the process.
WikiTree profile: Pieter Wyckoff
in Genealogy Help by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (397k points)
Great Idea bringing this to G2G Michael.  Good luck to all of the researchers in finding a happy medium which is strangly rooted in truth and respect.  Mags

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Pieter Claesen Wyckoff in Wikipedia

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
selected by M Edgerton
Seen.  Thanks Frank.
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 Over the years, Coryn Cornelissen of Zaandam, Holland has corresponded with several Wyckoffs and the editor, Beth Bassein, of the old Wyckoff family Bulletin where she also published a few pages.  Coryn has searched the Provincial archives in Middelburg, and the Municipal archives of Zierikzee, where according to Anjou, the mother of Pieter Claessen, Margaret van der Goes, lived and died. Coryn found nothing of any Van der Goes family.  Coryn went to Gorkum to search the archives for a Pieter mentioned by Anjou, and discovered that not one of the details listed by Anjou turned out to be true. Among the dozens of persons with the common names Claes and Cornel; Coryn Cornelissen found only one possible candidate Claes Corneliszoon (with no surname) born in the town of Brouwershaven on the isle of Schouen on 12 February 1606, but could find absolutely nothing that would link him to Pieter Claessen of Nordingerland.  

  What Coryn has been unable to find over the past several decades on the ground in the Netherlands confirms what several scholars throughout the 20th century (beginning with Van Laer around 1900 up to Bryce Stevens in 1982) have been saying.  There is no link between Pieter Claessen Wyckoff and any Van Schouwen family. The parents and siblings of Pieter Claessen as well as his birthdate as listed on this WikiTree profile site have no basis in fact.  

by M William Wykoff G2G Rookie (290 points)

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