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Dicken is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Dicken is a name that comes from the Norman baptismal name which means the son of Diccon, which is a diminution of the parent name, Richard. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. Most of the early appearances of the name were found in the French form Dicon, which lingered until the 16th century.

Dicken Early Origins



The surname Dicken was first found in Staffordshire where one of the first listings of the name was Richard Dicum who listed in the Assize Rolls there in 1203. The Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire list John Dycon in 1327. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists: Richard Digon in London; Roger Digun; and Alice Dikun while the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Alicia Dycon, mayden; Ricardus Dicon; and Willwlmus Diconson. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The reader should pay special attention to the term "mayden" in the last entry as while the modern spelling is obviously "maiden," we must realize that as it was noted in the rolls, Alicia Dycon was a woman who held lands and was a person of distinction; a feat rarely seen in the 13th century! Today most of the spellings of the surname are usually seen appended with "s."

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Dicken Spelling Variations


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Dicken Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dicken family name include Dickens, Dickins, Diggons, Diggens, Diggins, Dikens, Digons, Diquon and many more.

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Dicken Early History


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Dicken Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dicken research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1812 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Dicken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dicken Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dicken Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dicken Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dicken In Ireland


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Dicken In Ireland



Some of the Dicken family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Dicken family to immigrate North America:

Dicken Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hugh Dicken settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Hugh Dicken, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Dicken settled in Antigua in 1685

Dicken Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Dicken, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dicken (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dicken (post 1700)



  • Paul Franklin Dicken (b. 1943), retired Major League Baseball player
  • Darrell T. Dicken (b. 1977), American professional poker player
  • John H. Dicken, American Republican politician, Chair of Wabash County Republican Party, 1905
  • Matthew Dicken (b. 1992), English youth darts player

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Dicken Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Ronald Dicken, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Dicken


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Suggested Readings for the name Dicken



  • The Dickenson Families of England and America (Dickinson, Dickerson, Dickson, Dixon, etc.) by Bonnie Sage Ball.

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Dicken Family Crest Products


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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. 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.
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The Dicken Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dicken 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.

This page was last modified on 5 August 2016 at 10:59.

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