When Heinrich Wichern was born on 21 February 1834, in Hanover, German Empire, his father, Claus Wichern, was 31 and his mother, Margarete Hoft, was 31. He married Margarethe Spark about 1851, in Hanover, German Empire. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Freedom, Sauk, Wisconsin, United States in 1880. He died on 20 March 1897, in Baraboo, Sauk, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Rock Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, Sauk, Wisconsin, United States.
North German (Hamburg): possibly a topographic name from Middle Low German wīk ‘muddy place, bay’ + horn ‘corner’.