Bricken History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Bricken family
The surname Bricken was first found in Berkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Inkpen who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
Important Dates for the Bricken family
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Bricken Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Brickenden, Brickden, Bricken and others.
Early Notables of the Bricken family (pre 1700)
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Bricken migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Bricken Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Bricken Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Robert Bricken, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1738
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)