Dicks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The roots of the name Dicks are found among the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name comes from the given name Richard. Dick is a diminutive of this personal name. Thus, Dicks is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms come from the given name of the father of the bearer, while others come from important religious and secular figures. Early members of the Dicks family settled in Edinburghshire, as early as 1200.
Early Origins of the Dicks family
The surname Dicks was first found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area where one of the first records of the name appeared in the late 1200s.
Important Dates for the Dicks family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dicks research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1526, 1658, 1678, 1681 and are included under the topic Early Dicks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dicks Spelling Variations
Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Dicks has been written Dick, Dyck, Dic and others.
Early Notables of the Dicks family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dicks family to Ireland
Some of the Dicks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dicks migration to the United States
Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Dicks:
Typical Dicks Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Dicks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Eliz Dicks, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1635 
- Edward Dicks, who arrived in Virginia in 1648 
- Augustine Dicks, who landed in Maryland in 1662 
- Ann Dicks, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 
- Philip Dicks, who landed in Maryland in 1678 
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Dicks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Tho Dicks, who landed in Virginia in 1703 
- John Dicks, who landed in Jamaica in 1711 
- Robert Dicks, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 
- Abraham Dicks, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786 
Dicks 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:
Dicks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Miss Sophie Dicks, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th August 1881 
Contemporary Notables of the name Dicks (post 1700)
- Norman DeValois "Norm" Dicks (b. 1940), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington (1977-2013)
- John Dicks, American politician from Florida
- Richard Dicks, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964 
- Norman DeValois Dicks (b. 1940), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Washington 6th District, 1977-; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 
- John L. Dicks, American politician, Mayor of Plant City, Florida, 1999-2000, 2005-07 
- John F. Dicks, American politician, Representative from Michigan 7th District, 1974 
- Peter F. Dicks (b. 1942), English investment manager and venture capitalist, co-founder of Abingworth PLC, former chairman of Sportingbet PLC
- Philip John Dicks (b. 1962), former English cricketer
- Arthur Frederick Dicks (1935-1994), Australian actor and theater designer
- John Thomas Dicks (1818-1881), English publisher in London
- ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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