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Where did the English Ficke family come from? What is the English Ficke family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ficke family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ficke family history?

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Ficke are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Ficke include: Figg, Figgiss, Figgess, Figgins, Figgin, Figges, Figgess, Figgs, Fig, Fyge, Fygg and many more.

First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ficke research. Another 323 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1510, 1600, 1102, 1139, 1234, 1391, 1429, 1533, 181 , 1455, 1487, 1695, 1734, 1719, 1730, 1734 and 1992 are included under the topic Early Ficke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ficke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ficke or a variant listed above:

Ficke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Gottfried Ficke, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754

Ficke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Fr Ficke, who arrived in North America in 1832
  • Christ Ficke, who landed in North America in 1832
  • Frederick Ficke, aged 42, arrived in Missouri in 1839
  • Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Ficke, aged 27, arrived in Cincinnati, Oh in 1848
  • Thomas Ficke, aged 43, landed in Missouri in 1849


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  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Ficke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ficke 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 22 August 2012 at 07:28.

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