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Where did the English Chick family come from? What is the English Chick family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chick family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chick family history?

The name Chick is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a person who walked in a haughty manner, or resembled a rooster or chicken in some other way. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word chike, meaning chicken.

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Chick has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Chich, Chick, Chiche and others.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chick research. Another 304 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1411 is included under the topic Early Chick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Chick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Chicks to arrive on North American shores:

Chick Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Hugh Chick, who landed in Virginia in 1619
  • Humphrey and John Chick who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Mrs. Thomas Chick, who arrived in Maryland in 1680
  • James Chick, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683

Chick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Wm A Chick, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Thomas Chick, who landed in New York in 1840
  • E. Chick arrived in Acapulco Mexico in 1852

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  • Jack Thomas Chick (b. 1924), founder of Chick Publications, an American comic book publisher
  • Dame Harriette Chick (1875-1977), notable British protein scientist and nutritionist


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The Chick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chick Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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