Crick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Crick has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the parish of Crick, in the diocese of Peterborough. This place-name is derived from the Old English word creke, which means a creek.

Early Origins of the Crick family

The surname Crick was first found in Yorkshire 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 Crick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crick research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1789 is included under the topic Early Crick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crick Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Crick have been found, including Criche, Crich, Crick, Critch, Creyke, Creik, Criek and many more.

Early Notables of the Crick family (pre 1700)

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United States Crick migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Crick, or a variant listed above:

Crick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Crick who settled in Philadelphia in 1766

Australia Crick migration to Australia +

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

Crick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Crick (post 1700) +

  • Francis Harry Compton Crick (b. 1916), English molecular biologist
  • Michael Crick (b. 1958), British journalist and biographer
  • Francis Crick OM, FRS (1916-2004), British scientist and joint discoverer of the structure of DNA
  • Sir Bernard Rowland Crick (1929-2008), British political theorist and democratic socialist


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Omega.htm
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIBELLA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sibella1852.shtml.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtml


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