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

The prominent surname Ricart was first found in England in the 16th century but traced its early origin to the country of France. Ricart was originally associated with the Huguenots, many of whom left France in the 16th and 17th centuries, in order to escape religious persecution. England, which was a Protestant country, was thought to be more accepting of religious differences.

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Huguenot surnames were only slightly Anglicized, and they remain to this day a distinct group of surnames in England. Nevertheless, Huguenot surnames have been subject to numerous spelling alterations since the names emerged in France. French surnames have a variety of spelling variations because the French language has changed drastically over the centuries. French was developed from the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire. It is divided into three historic and linguistic periods: Old French, which developed before the 14th century; Middle French, which was used between the 14th and 16th centuries; and Modern French, which was used after the 16th century and continues to be in use today. In all of these periods, the French language was heavily influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when the barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Ricket, Rickett, Reckitt, Ricketts, Reckitts and others.

First found in Kent where this Huguenot family, originally Ricquart or Ricard, migrated to the west and settled at Combe in the county of Hereford.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ricart research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1665, 1718, and 1760 are included under the topic Early Ricart History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ricart or a variant listed above:

  • Gaspar de Ricart, who sailed to New Spain in 1579

Ricart Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Ludwick Ricart, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Ricart Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Edward Ricart, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1836
  • I Ricart, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1837
  • R Ricart, aged 34, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839

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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: Quid verum atque decens
Motto Translation: What is true and honorable.

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