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Where did the German Ice family come from? What is the German Ice family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ice family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ice family history?

The roots of the German surname Ice can be found in the northern region of Schleswig-Holstein. The name is derived from the personal name "Aigo," which itself derives from the Middle High German word "Ecke," meaning "sharp sword blade." It is also possible that Ice is derived from "Ico," a personal name whose origins are thought to be Frisian, a language spoken in northern Germany and the Netherlands.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Icke, Ecke, Iko, Ice, Ecgho, Yco, Ecco, Eccke, Ick and many more.

First found in the northern city of Rostock, where the first instance of the surname was recorded in 1257, borne by Ecgho.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ice research. Another 120 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1298, 1300, 1565, 1616, 1796, and 1847 are included under the topic Early Ice History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ice Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ice, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Frederick Ice, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1897

Ice Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Georgina Ice, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Michael Ice, aged 36, who settled in New York, N.Y., in 1917
  • Woodford Wallace Ice, aged 30, who settled in the Navy Yard, New York, in 1918
  • William E. Ice, aged 46, who emigrated to Versaelles, Ohio, in 1919

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The Ice Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ice 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.

This page was last modified on 6 August 2014 at 17:50.

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