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Early Origins of the Ficke family

The surname Ficke was 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.

Early History of the Ficke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ficke research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1102, 1139, 1234, 1273, 1391, 1429, 1455, 1487, 1510, 1533, 1600, 1645, 1660, 1695, 1719, 1730, 1734 and 1992 are included under the topic Early Ficke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ficke Spelling Variations

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, Fygge, Ficke, Feek and many more.

Early Notables of the Ficke family

Distinguished members of the family include James Figg (1695-1734), English bare-knuckle boxer, generally agreed first English bare-knuckle boxing champion, reigning from 1719 to 1730 or 1734...
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United States Ficke migration to the United States +

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 1
Ficke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fr Ficke, who arrived in North America in 1832 1
  • Christ Ficke, who landed in North America in 1832 1
  • Frederick Ficke, aged 42, who arrived in Missouri in 1839 1
  • Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Ficke, aged 27, who arrived in Cincinnati, Oh in 1848 1
  • Thomas Ficke, aged 43, who landed in Missouri in 1849 1
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ficke (post 1700) +

  • Charles August Ficke (1850-1931), American Democratic Party politician, Scott County Attorney, 1886-88; Mayor of Davenport, Iowa, 1890-91 2
  • Charles Ficke (1850-1931), American lawyer, politician and art collector, Mayor of Davenport, Iowa

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from on Facebook