Ficken History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Ficken family
The surname Ficken 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.
Important Dates for the Ficken family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ficken research. Another 162 words (12 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 Ficken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ficken Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Ficken has appeared include Figg, Figgiss, Figgess, Figgins, Figgin, Figges, Figgess, Figgs, Fig, Fyge, Fygg and many more.
Early Notables of the Ficken family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ficken family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ficken arrived in North America very early: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Ficken (post 1700)
- John F. Ficken, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1876; Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, 1892 
- Gary Ficken, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 2004 
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html