Amick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Amick family

The surname Amick was first found in Northumberland in Alnwick, a market town and parish, and the head of a union, in the E. division of Coquetdale ward. "This place, which is of great antiquity, was occupied at a very early period by the Danes or Saxons, who called it Ealnwic, from its situation near the river Alne, and built a strong Castle for its defence on a site supposed to have been previously occupied by a Roman fortress. The castle thus erected, after the Norman Conquest, became the baronial residence of Ivo de Vescy, lord of Alnwick, to whom the barony had been given by the Conqueror. " [1]

Alnwick Castle survives today and is the seat of His Grace The 12th Duke of Northumberland. William of Alnwick (d. 1449), was an early English divine, Bishop of Norwich (1426-1436), and of Lincoln (1436-1449), who was born at Alnwick in Northumberland, and from which he derived his name. [2]

Important Dates for the Amick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Amick research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1230, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Amick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Amick Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Alnwick, Alnick, Annick, Annicke, Almwake, Alnwyk and others.

Early Notables of the Amick family (pre 1700)

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Amick migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Amick or a variant listed above were:

Amick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Amick, aged 58, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • J. W. Amick, aged 46, who settled in America, in 1904
  • M.L. Amick, aged 60, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Adele Amick, aged 42, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name Amick (post 1700)

  • Richard "Red" Amick (1929-1995), American racecar driver
  • Mädchen E. Amick (b. 1970), American Soap Opera Digest Award nominated actress, best known for playing Shelly Johnson on the television series Twin Peaks (1990)
  • Lyndon Amick (b. 1977), American former NASCAR driver
  • George R. "Little George" Amick (b. 1924), American racecar driver who was killed in a crash in a USAC 100-mile (160 km) race at Daytona International Speedway
  • Eugene Earle Amick Jr. (1919-1942), American Naval officer aboard the USS Astoria (CA-34) during World War II, eponym of the USS Amick (DE-168), a Cannon-class destroyer escort
  • Bill Amick (1925-1995), American NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) driver
  • Amick Byram (b. 1955), American tenor

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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