Rickes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rickes is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the county of Somerset. Rickes is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word risc which refers to those individuals who lived near the rushes. Rixon is a village near Sturminster Newton in Dorset.

Early Origins of the Rickes family

The surname Rickes was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat during the Middle Ages.

Early History of the Rickes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rickes research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1274 and 1333 are included under the topic Early Rickes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rickes 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 Rickes 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 Rickes include: Ricks, Rickes, Rick, Rix, Rixon, Ricke and others.

Early Notables of the Rickes family (pre 1700)

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


United States Rickes migration to the United States +

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 Rickes or a variant listed above:

Rickes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Marg Rickes, aged 20, who landed in America in 1764-1798 [1]
  • Anna Gertrud Rickes, who arrived in America in 1784 [1]
  • Johannes Rickes, who landed in America in 1787 [1]
Rickes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eduard Rickes, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850 [1]


  1. ^ 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)


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