Origins Available: English
The name Rickards was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Old German name "Ricard," meaning "powerful" and "brave." CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early Origins of the Rickards family
The surname Rickards was first found in Cheshire
in 1067 where they were descended from Hugh d'Avranche, Earl Lupus of Chester. His descendant, William Belwood, Lord of Malpas in Cheshire
, had two sons, David and Richard. Richard's grandson John was the first to bear the name Richardson.
Years later the Yorkshire Poll Tax records revealed William Richardson in 1381 and further north in Scotland, Thome filius Ricardi held a charter of the barony of Symundestone in Lanark c. 1315-1321. A few years later, Laurence filius Ricardi was a tenant of the Earl of Douglas in Louchurde in 1376. Murdac Richardesson, a Scottish merchant complained the English had sunk his vessel during a truce in 1359. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Rickards family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rickards research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1820, 1576, 1651, 1628, 1569, 1635, 1627, 1674, 1660, 1674, 1689, 1761, 1664, 1714, 1714, 1715, 1690, 1755, 1737 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Rickards History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rickards Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Rickards family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Dame
Elizabeth Richardson, 1st Lady Cramond (1576-1651), English writer whose peerage was created for her in 1628; Sir Thomas Richardson (1569-1635), Chief Justice of the King's Bench; Thomas Richardson... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rickards Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rickards family to Ireland
Some of the Rickards family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Rickards family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rickards Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Rickards, aged 37, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1864
Rickards Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Enoch Rickards, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Friday February 7th, 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1856.shtml
Contemporary Notables of the name Rickards (post 1700)
- John Ezra Rickards (1848-1927), American Republican politician, 2nd Governor of Montana (1893-1897), 1st Lieutenant Governor of Montana (1889-1893) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, May 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Ashley Nicole Rickards (b. 1992), American actress, known for her role as Jenna Hamilton in the MTV comedy-drama series Awkward
- Scott Rickards (b. 1981), English professional footballer
- Samuel Rickards (1796-1865), English Church of England clergyman, opponent of the Oxford Movement
- Sir George Kettilby Rickards (1812-1889), English political economist
- Emily Bett Rickards (b. 1991), Canadian Leo Award nominated actress, known for her roles in Arrow (2012), Dakota's Summer (2014) and Flicka: Country Pride (2012)
- Tudor Rickards PhD (b. 1941), Welsh author on creativity and leadership in business and management
- Kenneth Roy Rickards (1923-1995), West Indian cricketer
- John Witherston Rickards (1844-1921), South African Anglican priest
- John Rickards (b. 1978), British crime writer
- ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
The Rickards 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: Virtute acquiritur honos
Motto Translation: Honour is aquired by virtue.