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

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Hickman came from the baptismal name for the son of Hickman. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hickman has been recorded under many different variations, including Hickman, Hykeman, Hyckman and others.

First found in Oxfordshire 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hickman research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1629, 1682, 1660, 1692, 1627, 1687, 1648, 1713, 1703 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Hickman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 129 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hickman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hickman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hickman or a variant listed above:

Hickman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Hickman settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Hickman, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Sarah Hickman, who landed in Virginia in 1641
  • Thomas Hickman, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Thomas Hickman settled in Virginia in 1652

Hickman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Hickman, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Jonah Hickman, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Tho Hickman, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Andrews Hickman, aged 34, landed in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Cronomus Hickman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744

Hickman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew, Adam, John, Joseph, Peter, Selby Hickman all settled in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1860


  • Bert Hickman, American Economist
  • Tracy Raye Hickman (b. 1955), American best-selling fantasy author
  • Dwayne Bernard Hickman (b. 1934), American actor and television executive
  • Darryl Gerard Hickman (b. 1931), American film and television actor, best known for his work as a child actor in The Grapes of Wrath, Men of Boys Town, The Human Comedy and Leave Her to Heaven, and others
  • Jim Hickman (1882-1958), American Major League Baseball player
  • Arthur G. Hickman (1886-1930), American drummer, pianist, and band leader
  • William "Bill" Hickman (1921-1986), American stunt driver, actor, and stunt coordinator, best known for his chase sequences in Bullitt, The French Connection and The Seven-Ups
  • Fred Hickman (b. 1956), American sports broadcaster, New York Sports Emmy Award Winner in 2004
  • Charles Taylor Hickman (1876-1934), American Major League baseball player who played from 1897 to 1908
  • David Henry Hickman (1821-1869), American businessman, educator, and legislator



  • Descendants of Robert and Hannah Hickman Way of Chester County, Pennsylvania by Dr. Herbert Way.
  • Richard S. Hickman, Lydia Veal, and Their Descendants by Paul and Alba Smith.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.


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  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Hickman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hickman 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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