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The generations and branches of the Addicks family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Addicks comes from Addie's son or Addy's son.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Addicks include Addis, Addys, Addyes, Addes, Adis, Addice, Addicks and many more.

First found in the county of Staffordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Addicks research. Another 248 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Addicks History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Addicks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Addicks or a variant listed above: Edward Addis who settled in Nevis, in 1654; John settled in Virginia 1652; another John settled in Barbados in 1680; Anne settled in Virginia in 1684.

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  • John Edward Charles O'Sullivan Addicks (1841-1919), American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Delaware, 1904; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1904


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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. 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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The Addicks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Addicks 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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