The ancestors of the name Quicke date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the county of Devon
where they worked as dairy farmers. The surname is both local
, 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 Quicke 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 Quicke family
The surname Quicke 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.
Early History of the Quicke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quicke research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1706 and are included under the topic Early Quicke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quicke Spelling Variations
Quicke has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Quicke have been found, including Quick, Quicke, Quig, Quigg, Quegg and others.
Early Notables of the Quicke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Quicke family to Ireland
Some of the Quicke 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.
Migration of the Quicke family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Quickes to arrive on North American shores:
Quicke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Elizabeth Quicke settled with her husband in St. Christopher in 1634
- Elizabeth Quicke, aged 18, who landed in St Christopher in 1634 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- Thomas Quicke was banished to Barbados in 1685
Contemporary Notables of the name Quicke (post 1700)
- Donald Quicke, British Professor of Biology at Imperial College London