Hickling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The lineage of the name Hickling begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Hickling, a parish in the county of Norfolk.
Early Origins of the Hickling family
The surname Hickling was first found in Norfolk at Hickling, a village and a civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed as Hikelinga.  The place name literally meant "settlement of a family or followers of man called Hicel," from the Old English personal name + "-ingas".  "A priory of Black canons, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, St. Augustine, and All Saints, was founded in the year 1185, by Theobald de Valentia or Valoins."  Another Hickling is found in Nottinghamshire. This village near Melton Mowbray is on the southernmost border of Nottinghamshire. In this case, the place name was first listed as Hikelinge c. 1000 and later listed as Hechelinge in the Domesday Book.  St. Luke's church "is a handsome ancient structure, with a lofty tower: the lid of a stone coffin, curiously inscribed with Runic characters, has been discovered in the chancel." 
Important Dates for the Hickling family
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Hickling Spelling Variations
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 Hickling has undergone many spelling variations, including Hickling, Hicklin, Hicking and others.
Early Notables of the Hickling family (pre 1700)
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Hickling migration to the United States
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 Hickling were among those contributors:
Typical Hickling Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Hickling Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Hickling, who settled in Boston in 1769
- Ebenezer Hickling, who settled in Philadelphia in 1798
Hickling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Sarah Hickling, aged 47, who immigrated to America, in 1892
Hickling Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ernest Hickling, aged 29, who immigrated to America from London, in 1901
- Edith Amy Hickling, aged 39, who settled in America from London, in 1905
- Elizabeth Hickling, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States from Nottingham, England, in 1908
- Arthur Hickling, aged 50, who landed in America from London, England, in 1908
- Joseph Hickling, aged 16, who settled in America from Preston, England, in 1908
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hickling (post 1700)
- William Hickling (1814-1881), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Ottawa, Illinois, 1853-55, 1865-66
- Thomas Leslie Hickling (b. 1940), former English cricketer from Roydon, Norfolk
- Lieutenant General Francis John "Frank" Hickling AO CSC (1941-1998), senior Australian Army officer, Chief of Army (1998)
- Garett Hickling (1970-1995), Canadian gold medalist wheelchair rugby player on the Canada national wheelchair rugby team, MVP at several the World Championships (1995, 1998 and 2002)
- Ronald Arthur Overton Hickling (1912-2006), British ornithologist
- Professor Reginald Hugh Hickling (1920-2007), British lawyer, colonial civil servant, law academic and author
- William Hickling Prescott (1796-1859), American historian and Hispanist
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.