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Where did the German Radick family come from? When did the Radick family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Radick family history?

The surname Radick is a local surname; it is derived from the place name Radeck, a castle in Oppel, in Silesia. While it is generally regarded that the name was from this area, the first record of the name was in Switzerland. The derivation from the place name Radeck makes this a habitation surname; that is, a surname based upon an already existing place name. The other type of local name is topographic names, based upon a physical feature of the local geography, such as a forest, or a river, and so on.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Radecke, Radek, Radeke, Radeck, Radecki, Radacke, Radake, Radacker, Radecker and many more.

First found in Switzerland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Chronicles first mention Heinrich von Radekke of Upper- Austria in 1256, and Hans Radecker of Eger in Bohemia around 1395.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Radick research. Another 287 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1233, 1733, 1791, 1776 and 1233 are included under the topic Early Radick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Radick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Radick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Michael Radick, who arrived in Georgia in 1754

Radick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thaddaus Radick, aged 28, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893
  • Carolina Radick, aged 25, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893

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  • Kenneth Milton "Ken" Radick (1907-1987), American NFL football player


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