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

The lineage of the name Quick begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the county of Devon where they worked as dairy farmers. The surname is both local and occupational, since it describes where the original bearers lived and what work they did. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word cwic. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. In this case the surname Quick was originally derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer; dairy farming. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Quick has undergone many spelling variations, including Quick, Quicke, Quig, Quigg, Quegg and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quick research. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1706 and are included under the topic Early Quick History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Quick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Quick were among those contributors:

Quick Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Quick, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1650
  • Richard Quick, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Richard Quick, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • John Quick settled in Virginia in 1656
  • John Quick, who arrived in Virginia in 1656

Quick Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Quick, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1771

Quick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Quick arrived in Philadelphia with his wife and two children in 1804
  • Johan Quick, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Cornelius Quick, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
  • Edward Quick, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1812
  • J Quick, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Robert L. "Bob" Quick (b. 1946), retired American NBA and ABA basketball player who played from 1968 to 1972
  • Brian Rumeal Quick (b. 1989), American NFL football wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams
  • John Henry Quick (1870-1922), United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1898 during the Spanish-American War
  • John Herbert Quick (1861-1925), American author
  • Jonathan Douglas Quick (b. 1986), American professional NHL ice hockey goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings, recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP in 2012
  • Joseph Quick (1877-1969), United States Navy coxswain who received the Medal of Honor for his action aboard the SS Yorktown in 1902
  • Kevin Quick (b. 1988), American ice hockey defenseman
  • Michael Anthony Quick (b. 1959), former American NFL football wide receiver the Philadelphia Eagles (1982-1990)
  • Preston Quick (b. 1978), American bronze medalist squash player at the 2003 Pan American Games
  • Rebecca "Becky" Quick (b. 1972), American television journalist/newscaster, co-anchorwoman of CNBC's financial news show Squawk Box



  • Quicks of East Fork by Howard Wilbert Quick.

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  11. ...

The Quick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quick 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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