There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Hickens originally appeared in Gaelic as O huigin, which is derived from the word uiging, which is akin to the Norse word viking.
Early Origins of the Hickens family
The surname Hickens was first found in County Sligo
(Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht
in Northwestern Ireland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times. This distinguished Irish Clann was a branch of the O'Neills, said to descend from a grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages, the 4th century High King of Ireland
and founder of the Uí Neill Clan.
Early History of the Hickens family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hickens research.Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1315, 1501, 1595, 1720, 1578, 1659, 1624, 1691, 1659, 1661, 1679, 1670, 1735, 1720, 1801, 1796 and 1818 are included under the topic Early Hickens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hickens Spelling Variations
Those scribes in Ireland
during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Hickens family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Higgins, Higgin, O'Higgin, Higgans, Higgens and many more.
Early Notables of the Hickens family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Shean Duff O'Higgins (17th century), Lord of Ballynary, Sligo; Theophilus Higgons (c.1578-1659), an English divine and convert to Catholicism; Sir Thomas Higgons (c 1624-1691), an English diplomat and politician, Member of Parliament for Malmesbury in 1659, and Windsor (1661-1679); Bevil Higgons (1670-1735), an... Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hickens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hickens family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hickens Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- James Hickens, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
The Hickens 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: Pro patria
Motto Translation: For my country