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The prominent surname Ricketts was first found in England in the 16th century but traced its early origin to the country of France. Ricketts 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.
The surname Ricketts 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."  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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ricketts research. Another 357 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1760, 1665 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Ricketts History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Ricketts or a variant listed above:
Ricketts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Ricketts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ricketts Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Ricketts Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Ricketts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Ricketts Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
The Ricketts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ricketts 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.
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