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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Hickman came from the baptismal name for the son of Hickman. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

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The surname Hickman was first found in Oxfordshire where the Hickman family of Gainsborough trace back to Robert Fitz-Hickman, lord of the manors of Bloxham and Wickham. [1] Hykeman was listed with no forename and Walter Hikeman was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279 in Oxfordshire. Richard Hykemon and Juliana Hykemones were both listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1275. [2]

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hickman has been recorded under many different variations, including Hickman, Hykeman, Hyckman and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hickman research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1629, 1682, 1660, 1692, 1627, 1687, 1648, 1713, 1703 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Hickman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 129 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hickman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hickman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hickman or a variant listed above:

Hickman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Hickman settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Hickman, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Sarah Hickman, who landed in Virginia in 1641
  • Thomas Hickman, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Thomas Hickman settled in Virginia in 1652


Hickman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Richard Hickman, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Jonah Hickman, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Tho Hickman, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Andrews Hickman, aged 34, landed in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Cronomus Hickman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744


Hickman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew, Adam, John, Joseph, Peter, Selby Hickman all settled in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1860

Hickman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Casper Hickman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Catherina Hickman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

Hickman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Edward Hickman, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Hickman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Mitchell" in 1840
  • Sarah Hickman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Mitchell" in 1840
  • William Henry Hickman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Mitchell" in 1840
  • Anne Hickman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Mitchell" in 1840


Hickman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Hickman, aged 35, a blacksmith, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Eliza Hickman, aged 27, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841

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  • James Franklin "Jim" Hickman II (1943-1982), American racecar driver
  • James Lucius Hickman (b. 1937), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1962 to 1974
  • Jay Hickman (1955-1993), American comedian
  • David Hickman, American trumpeter, author and academic, past President of the International Trumpet Guild
  • David Henry Hickman (1821-1869), American businessman, educator, and legislator
  • Charles Taylor Hickman (1876-1934), American Major League baseball player who played from 1897 to 1908
  • Fred Hickman (b. 1956), American sports broadcaster, New York Sports Emmy Award Winner in 2004
  • William "Bill" Hickman (1921-1986), American stunt driver, actor, and stunt coordinator, best known for his chase sequences in Bullitt, The French Connection and The Seven-Ups
  • Arthur G. Hickman (1886-1930), American drummer, pianist, and band leader
  • Jim Hickman (1882-1958), American Major League Baseball player

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  • Descendants of Robert and Hannah Hickman Way of Chester County, Pennsylvania by Dr. Herbert Way.
  • Richard S. Hickman, Lydia Veal, and Their Descendants by Paul and Alba Smith.
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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: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Hickman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hickman 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.

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