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

The ancestors of the Rickard family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Rickard is based on the Old German name Ricard, meaning powerful and brave.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Rickard were recorded, including Richards, Richard, Ricard, Rycard and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat at Hatfield being ancient Lords of the manor of Ricard or Rycard.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rickard research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1379, 1817, 1641, 1668, 1643, 1705, 1694, 1692 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Rickard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rickard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Rickard 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.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Rickard arrived in North America very early:

Rickard Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Giles Rickard, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Nicholas Rickard, who arrived in Maryland in 1645
  • Elizabeth Rickard, who arrived in Maryland in 1650

Rickard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joh Rickard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786

Rickard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Stephen Rickard, aged 27, landed in New York in 1807
  • Alfred Rickard, who landed in Colorado in 1885
  • T Arthur Rickard, who arrived in Colorado in 1886

Rickard Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Carrie Rickard, aged 28, who landed in America from Cornwall, in 1905
  • Alfred Rickard, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Devonport, England, in 1907
  • Alfred Rickard, aged 12, who settled in America from Manchester, England, in 1908
  • Alfred Rickard, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from St. Damonich, England, in 1908
  • Charles Rickard, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Newlyn, England, in 1909


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  • George Lewis "Tex" Rickard (1870-1929), American boxing promoter, and founder of the New York Rangers NHL franchise
  • Edgar Rickard (1874-1951), American mining engineer and lifelong confidant of U.S. President Herbert Hoover
  • Brigadier-General Roy Victor Rickard (1891-1975), American Assistant Chief of Staff (G-4), 9th Army (1944-1945)
  • Matthew Rickard (b. 1993), English footballer
  • Harry Rickard (1843-1911), English-born comedian and theatre owner
  • Scott Rickard (b. 1981), English professional footballer
  • William Thomas Rickard (1828-1905), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Steve Rickard (b. 1929), retired New Zealand professional wrestler, trainer and promoter
  • Brenton Scott Rickard (b. 1983), breaststroke swimmer from Australia
  • Eva Rickard (1925-1997), New Zealander who rose to prominence as an activist for M‚ori land rights activist and for womenís rights

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  • Ellen Virginia Kauffman (Richard) by Patricia Jean Minger.
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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: Honore et amore
Motto Translation: With honour and love.

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  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Rickard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rickard 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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