The name Quicklay is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived 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 Quicklay 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 Quicklay family
The surname Quicklay 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 Quicklay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quicklay research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1706 and are included under the topic Early Quicklay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quicklay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Quicklay are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Quicklay include: Quick, Quicke, Quig, Quigg, Quegg and others.
Early Notables of the Quicklay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Quicklay family to Ireland
Some of the Quicklay 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 Quicklay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Quicklay or a variant listed above: Richard Quick, who arrived in Virginia in 1651; Elizabeth Quicke settled with her husband in St. Christopher in 1634; Thomas Quicke was banished to Barbados in 1685.