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The name Lycett came to England with the ancestors of the Lycett family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lycett family lived in Glamorgan. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Lisons, Normandy.


The surname Lycett was first found in Glamorgan where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor in Neath. Family tradition has it that the family is of ancient Glamorgan stock which was famous in Neath before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D., but it may also be conjectured that the family originated from Lison, in the department of Calvados, in Normandy.

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Lysons, Lysans, Lysance, Lysaunce, Lisons, Lisance, Licence, License, Lycence, Lysanse, Lysonse, Liconce, Lyconce, Leyson, Leysons, Lison, Leysaunce and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lycett research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1550 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Lycett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Lycett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lycett or a variant listed above:

Lycett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Lycett, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Tim Lycett, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Andrew Lycett, aged 11, who emigrated to America, in 1893
  • Johanna Lycett, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893

Lycett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Denis Lycett, aged 33, who landed in America from Bradford, in 1903
  • Hannah Lycett, aged 37, who settled in America from Leigh, in 1905
  • Mrs. H. Lycett, aged 42, who emigrated to America, in 1906
  • Gertrude Lycett, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Beulah Lycett, aged 10, who landed in America, in 1909
  • ...

  • Andrew Lycett, English biographer and journalist
  • Randolph Lycett (1886-1935), English amateur tennis player, runner-up at the 1922 Wimbledon men's singles
  • Sir Francis Lycett (1803-1880), British businessman and philanthropist
  • Scott Lycett (b. 1992), Australian rules footballer
  • Joe Lycett (b. 1988), British comedian

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: Valebit
Motto Translation: He will prevail.


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    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. 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).
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    The Lycett Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Lycett 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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