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The Rickman surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Rickman is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Rickman was given to someone who lived in Bavaria, where the Rickman family achieved distinction for its contribution to the region's medieval society. This surname was a nickname surname, and derived from the German words, reich, which means rich, and mann, which means man. Thus, the bearer of this name was known for his material wealth, or perhaps because he behaved in a princely or regal manner.

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The surname Rickman was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. Chronicles first mention Hatnel Richman in 1380, and one Richmannus of Bremen in 1382.

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Rickman include Reichmann, Reichman, Reichmen, Richmann, Richman, Richmen, Reichmanner, Reichmaenner, Richmanner, Richmaenner, Rickman, Rickmen, Reychman, Reychmann and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rickman research. Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1777, 1744, 1715, 1849, 1903, 1882, 1642, 1737, 1702 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Rickman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent among members of the name Rickman in this period include Theodor Reichmann (1849-1903), a German baritone from Rostock who joined the Vienna Opera in 1882...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rickman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Rickman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Rickman, aged 16, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • George Rickman, aged 2, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • John Rickman, aged 10, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • Margaret Rickman, aged 7, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • Mary Rickman, aged 4, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832
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Rickman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mesche Rickman, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Caroline Rickman, aged 42, who landed in America from Dorking, England, in 1910
  • Arthur P.W. Rickman, aged 39, who landed in America from England, in 1912
  • Pat Rickman, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Gladys Rickman, aged 21, who settled in America from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1920
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Rickman Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Edmond Baird Rickman, aged 22, who arrived at Toronto, Canada, in 1923

Rickman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Rickman, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
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  • William Rickman (1731-1783), political leader of the American Revolution
  • Jolie Christine Rickman (1970-2005), American feminist, humanitarian, singer-songwriter and social activist
  • Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (1946-2016), British Tony Award nominated, Emmy Award, BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award winning stage and screen actor, probably best remembered for his role as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series
  • John Rickman (1880-1951), English doctor of medicine, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst
  • John Rickman (1771-1840), English statistician and government official
  • Thomas 'Clio' Rickman (1760-1834), English publisher and bookseller
  • Thomas Rickman (1776-1841), English architect
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Rickman Historic Events



RMS Titanic

  • Mr. George Albert Rickman, aged 36, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 10
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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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