Quick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Quick begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the county of Devon where they worked as dairy farmers. The surname is both local and occupational, since it describes where the original bearers lived and what work they did. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word cwic. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. In this case the surname Quick was originally derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer; dairy farming. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

Early Origins of the Quick family

The surname Quick was first found in Devon where this name occurred amongst the burgesses and churchwardens of Tiverton. [1] The name was also frequented in Cornwall where the name was derived from the Cornish word guîk, meaning a village. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had only one listing and was with a very early spelling: Robert Quic in Cambridgeshire. The Close Rolls listed William Quykkc, 14 Henry VI and John Quicke, Close Rolls, 3 Edward IV. [3] For these two latter entries, the reader should note that early rolls used the date of the king's reign as in 14 Henry VI, which meant during the 14th year of King Henry VI's reign.

Early History of the Quick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quick research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1636, 1706, 1650, 1653 and are included under the topic Early Quick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Quick Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Quick has undergone many spelling variations, including Quick, Quicke, Quig, Quigg, Quegg and others.

Early Notables of the Quick family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Quick family to Ireland

Some of the Quick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Quick migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Quick were among those contributors:

Quick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Quick, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1650 [4]
  • Richard Quick, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [4]
  • Richard Quick, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • John Quick, who settled in Virginia in 1656
  • John Quick, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [4]
Quick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Quick, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1771 [4]
Quick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Quick, who arrived in Philadelphia with his wife and two children in 1804
  • Johan Quick, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 [4]
  • Cornelius Quick, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Edward Quick, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1812 [4]
  • J Quick, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Quick migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Quick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Quick U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. John Alexander Quick U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. Solomon Quick U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 married with one child [5]

Australia Quick migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Quick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Quick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848 [6]
  • Eleanor Quick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848 [6]
  • James Quick, aged 18, a carpenter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849 [7]
  • Samuel Quick, aged 24, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [8]
  • Benedict Quick, aged 28, a carpenter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Quick migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Quick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Paul Quick, (b. 1814), aged 48, Cornish carpenter departing on 29th September 1862 aboard the ship "Mermaid" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th December 1862 [10]
  • Mr. Paul Quick, (b. 1814), aged 48, British carpenter travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1862 [11]
  • Mr. Thomas Quick, (b. 1851), aged 23, Cornish labourer departing on 10th June 1874 aboard the ship "Cathcart" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 29th August 1874 [10]
  • Miss Martha Quick, (b. 1852), aged 22, Cornish settler departing on 10th June 1874 aboard the ship "Cathcart" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 29th August 1874 [10]
  • Miss Mary R. Quick, (b. 1851), aged 23, Cornish dressmaker departing on 31st October 1874 aboard the ship "Michael Angelo" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 22nd January 1875 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Quick (post 1700) +

  • Richard Walter Quick (1943-2009), American coach of the US Olympic team for the 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics
  • Rebecca "Becky" Quick (b. 1972), American television journalist/newscaster, co-anchorwoman of CNBC's financial news show Squawk Box
  • Preston Quick (b. 1978), American bronze medalist squash player at the 2003 Pan American Games
  • Michael Anthony Quick (b. 1959), former American NFL football wide receiver the Philadelphia Eagles (1982-1990)
  • Kevin Quick (b. 1988), American ice hockey defenseman
  • Joseph Quick (1877-1969), United States Navy coxswain who received the Medal of Honor for his action aboard the SS Yorktown in 1902
  • Jonathan Douglas Quick (b. 1986), American professional NHL ice hockey goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings, recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP in 2012
  • John Herbert Quick (1861-1925), American author
  • John Henry Quick (1870-1922), United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1898 during the Spanish-American War
  • Brian Rumeal Quick (b. 1989), American NFL football wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams
  • ... (Another 29 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Jane Quick, (née Richards), aged 33, English Second Class passenger from Plymouth, Devon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11 [13]
  • Miss Winnifred Vera Quick, aged 8, English Second Class passenger from Plymouth, Devon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11 [13]
  • Miss Phyllis May Quick, aged 2, English Second Class passenger from Plymouth, Devon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11 [13]


Suggested Readings for the name Quick +

  • 1309 Quicks of East Fork by Howard Wilbert Quick.

  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUSSORAH MERCHANT 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848BussorahMerchant.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CALPHURNIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Calpurnia.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "PRINCE REGENT" 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849PrinceRegent.htm
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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