Chick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Chick is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a person who walked in a haughty manner, or resembled a rooster or chicken in some other way. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word chike, meaning chicken.

Early Origins of the Chick family

The surname Chick was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Chick family

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Chick Spelling Variations

Chick has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Chick have been found, including Chich, Chick, Chiche and others.

Early Notables of the Chick family (pre 1700)

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United States Chick migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Chicks to arrive on North American shores:

Chick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hugh Chick, who landed in Virginia in 1619 [1]
  • Humphrey and John Chick who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Mrs. Thomas Chick, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [1]
  • James Chick, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]
Chick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William A Chick, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • Thomas Chick, who landed in New York in 1840 [1]
  • E. Chick, who arrived in Acapulco Mexico in 1852

Canada Chick migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Chick, who landed in New Brunswick in 1783
  • John Chick, who arrived in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. Johannes Chick U.E. born in Long Island, New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger on the Union Transport from New York [2]
  • Mr. Johannes Chick U.E. from Eaton's Neck, Long Island, New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger on the Union Transport from New York [2]
  • Mr. John Chick U.E. born in Long Island, New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger on the Union Transport from New York [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Chick migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Chick, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]

New Zealand Chick migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Chick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Chick, (b. 1848), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd December 1870 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chick (post 1700) +

  • Jack Thomas Chick (1924-2016), founder of Chick Publications, an American comic book publisher
  • Dame Harriette Chick (1875-1977), notable British protein scientist and nutritionist
  • Chick Musson (1920-1955), English professional footballer
  • Chick Halbert (b. 1919), American former professional basketball player

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Sidney  Chick (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [5]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Robert Henry Chick, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [6]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Alan Chick (1919-1939), British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [7]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  7. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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