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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.

Dicks Early Origins



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.

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Dicks Spelling Variations


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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.

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Dicks Early History


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Dicks Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dicks research. Another 257 words (18 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.

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Dicks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dicks Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dicks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dicks In Ireland


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Dicks In Ireland



Some of the Dicks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 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


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The Great Migration



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:

Dicks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Eliz Dicks, aged 18, 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dicks (post 1700)


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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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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: At spes infracta
Motto Translation: Yet my hope is unbroken.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Dicks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dicks 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 15 January 2016 at 13:35.

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