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Where did the English Rickord family come from? What is the English Rickord family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rickord family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rickord family history?The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Rickord family name to the British Isles. Rickord comes from the Old German name Ricard, meaning powerful and brave.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Richards, Richard, Ricard, Rycard and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rickord research. Another 316 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1379, and 1817 are included under the topic Early Rickord History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Rickord Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Rickord family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Rickord or a variant listed above: Thomas Richards Jr., who arrived in Nantasket, MA in 1630, aboard the "Mary and John"; William Richards who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Robert Richards, who arrived in Barbados in 1634.
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.
The Rickord Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rickord 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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