Rickett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prominent surname Rickett was first found in England in the 16th century but traced its early origin to the country of France. Rickett was originally associated with the Huguenots, many of whom left France in the 16th and 17th centuries, in order to escape religious persecution. England, which was a Protestant country, was thought to be more accepting of religious differences.

Early Origins of the Rickett family

The surname Rickett was first found in Kent where this Huguenot family, originally Ricquart or Ricard, migrated to the west and settled at Combe in the county of Hereford.

We would be remiss is we did not pass along this quote: "About 1620, one Ricketts of Newberry, a practitioner in physick, was excellent at curing of children with swoln heads and small legges; and the disease being new, and without a name, he being so famous for the cure of it, they called the disease the ricketts; as the King's evill from the King's curing of it with his touch; and now 'tis good sport to see how they vex their lexicons, and fetch it from the Greek Paxc, the back-bone." [1]

The source goes on to note that the disease was give name by Dr. Glisson on the first appearance of the disease. Dr. Glisson was a contemporary of and probably knew Mr. Ricketts.

Early History of the Rickett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rickett research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1760, 1665, 1718, 1478, 1628, 1700 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Rickett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rickett Spelling Variations

Huguenot surnames were only slightly Anglicized, and they remain to this day a distinct group of surnames in England. Nevertheless, Huguenot surnames have been subject to numerous spelling alterations since the names emerged in France. French surnames have a variety of spelling variations because the French language has changed drastically over the centuries. French was developed from the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire. It is divided into three historic and linguistic periods: Old French, which developed before the 14th century; Middle French, which was used between the 14th and 16th centuries; and Modern French, which was used after the 16th century and continues to be in use today. In all of these periods, the French language was heavily influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when the barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Ricket, Rickett, Reckitt, Ricketts, Reckitts and others.

Early Notables of the Rickett family (pre 1700)

Notable in the family at this time was Robert Ricart ( fl. 1478), English town clerk of Bristol, lay brother of the fraternity of the Kalendars, an ancient guild attached to the church of All Saints, Bristol. [2] Sir Paul Ricaut or Rycaut (1628-1700), was an English traveller and author, was born at The Friary, his father's seat at Aylesford in Kent. His...
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rickett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rickett migration to the United States +

Some of the first North American settlers with Rickett name or one of its variants:

Rickett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Fra Rickett, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [3]
  • William Rickett, who arrived in Maryland in 1655 [3]

Canada Rickett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rickett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Rickett, who settled in Newfoundland in 1706 [4]
Rickett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Rickett, who landed in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1805 [4]

Australia Rickett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rickett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Rickett, English convict who was convicted in Newark-on-Trent (Newark Upon Trent), Nottinghamshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [5]
  • Caroline Rickett, aged 16, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rickett (post 1700) +

  • W. Allyn Rickett (1921-2020), American historian, Professor Emeritus of Chinese and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Josh Rickett, known by the nicknames of "Ricko", and "Jackis, an English rugby league footballer who plays for the Bradford Bulls in Betfred Championship
  • Walter Rickett (1917-1991), English professional footballer who played as a winger in the 1940s
  • Horace Francis John Rickett (1912-1989), English professional football goalkeeper who appeared in the Football League for Reading
  • Sophy Rickett (b. 1970), English visual artist, working with photography and video/sound installation
  • Harold Robert Norman Rickett (1909-1969), English rower who competed at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Thomas Rickett, British inventor of the eponymous Rickett, a steam-powered car in 1860
  • Charles Michael Rickett (b. 1963), British former racing driver, inducted into the British Racing Drivers' Club in 1994
  • Katie Rickett Shaw (b. 1968), British a former professional tennis player from Birmingham, she qualified for the main draw of the 1988 Australian Open


The Rickett 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: Quid verum atque decens
Motto Translation: What is true and honorable.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/australasia
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1860. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ramillies1860.shtml.


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