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Early Origins of the Ficklin family

The surname Ficklin 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 Ficklin family

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

Ficklin Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ficklin include Figg, Figgiss, Figgess, Figgins, Figgin, Figges, Figgess, Figgs, Fig, Fyge, Fygg, Fygge, Ficke, Feek and many more.

Early Notables of the Ficklin family (pre 1700)

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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Migration of the Ficklin family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ficklin or a variant listed above: 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 Ficklin (post 1700) +

  • Orlando Bell Ficklin (1808-1886), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1835, 1838, 1842, 1878; U.S. Representative from Illinois 3rd District, 1843-49, 1851-53 [1]
  • Joseph Ficklin, American politician, Postmaster at Lexington, Kentucky, 1822-41, 1843-50 [1]
  • Orlando Bell Ficklin (1808-1886), American politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Major Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Ficklin (1827-1871), American businessman and soldier; he help start the Pony Express and the Pacific Telegraph Company in 1861, he founded Ben Ficklin, Texas
  • Major-General Horatio Pettus Mackintosh Berney- Ficklin CB MC (1892-1961), British Army officer who served in World War I and World War II, General Officer Commanding the 5th Division (1940-1943)


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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