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The name Reck was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Reck family lived in Hampshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Riche, in Lorraine, France, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Another equally valid derivation of the name suggests that it is patronymic, which means it was adapted from the first name of the original bearer's father. According to this version it comes from the Norman personal name Richard. Reck is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

Reck Early Origins



The surname Reck was first found in Hampshire where the first on record include Edmund Rich, Saint Edmund (1175-1240) English churchman, who became Archbishop of Canterbury; and Thomas filius Ricun, who was in the Rotuli Hundredorum in Huntingdonshire in 1274.

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Reck Spelling Variations


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Reck Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Reck have been found, including Rich, Riche, Richin, Riching, Richins, Richings and others.

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Reck Early History


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Reck Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reck research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1547, 1496, 1567, 1540, 1620, 1594, 1675, 1640, 1587, 1658, 1611, 1659, 1660, 1619, 1673, 1625, 1678, 1601, 1667, 1660, 1648, 1699, 1689, 1699, 1692, 1699, 1657 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Reck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reck Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reck Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Rich (circa 1496-1567), 1st Baron Rich, Lord Chancellor of England during the reign of King Edward VI; Barnabe Rich (1540-1620), English author and soldier; Sir Edwin Rich ( c. 1594-1675), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in...

Another 114 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reck In Ireland


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Reck In Ireland



Some of the Reck family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Reck were among those contributors:

Reck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Reck, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Jacob Reck, who landed in South Carolina in 1738

Reck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Katharina Reck, who arrived in North America in 1852
  • Laurenz Reck, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Matthaus Reck, aged 27, arrived in Texas in 1854
  • Heinrich Peter Reck, who arrived in Brazil in 1855
  • Christian Reck, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1858

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reck (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reck (post 1700)



  • Wilbur F. Reck, American politician, Mayor of Piqua, Ohio, 1948-55
  • Louis Reck Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 7th District, 1923
  • John Reck, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1992
  • John Reck, American politician, Mayor of Juneau, Alaska, 1914-16

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Motto


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Motto



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: Garde la foy
Motto Translation: Keep the faith.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    11. ...

    The Reck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reck 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.

    This page was last modified on 17 November 2015 at 11:18.

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