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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.

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The surname Quick was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quick research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1706 and are included under the topic Early Quick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the Quick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • Richard Quick, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Richard Quick, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • John Quick settled in Virginia in 1656
  • John Quick, who arrived in Virginia in 1656

Quick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Quick, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1771

Quick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Quick arrived in Philadelphia with his wife and two children in 1804
  • Johan Quick, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Cornelius Quick, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
  • Edward Quick, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1812
  • J Quick, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
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Quick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

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

Quick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Quick arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848
  • Eleanor Quick arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848
  • James Quick, aged 18, a carpenter, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849
  • Samuel Quick, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • Benedict Quick, aged 28, a carpenter, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
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  • 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
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Quick Historic Events



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
  • 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
  • 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
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  • Quicks of East Fork by Howard Wilbert Quick.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. 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.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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    The Quick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quick 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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