Ricks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Ricks surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the county of Somerset. Ricks 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 Ricks family

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

Early History of the Ricks family

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

Ricks Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ricks include Ricks, Rickes, Rick, Rix, Rixon, Ricke and others.

Early Notables of the Ricks family (pre 1700)

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


United States Ricks migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Ricks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Ricks, who sailed to Maryland in 1664
  • John Ricks, who arrived in Maryland in 1664 [1]
Ricks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christopher Ricks, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771 [1]
  • Christopher Ricks migrated to Pennsylvania 1771
Ricks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Ricks migrated to Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Charles F Ricks, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [1]
  • T Ricks, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • C S Ricks, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1865 [1]

Canada Ricks migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ricks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Ricks, registered at Trinity, Newfoundland in 1793 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ricks (post 1700) +

  • Mark G. Ricks (1924-2016), American politician, 40th Lieutenant Governor of Idaho (2006-2007), Member of the Idaho House of Representatives (1979-1994)
  • Thomas E. Ricks (b. 1955), American journalist
  • Mikhael Ricks (b. 1974), former National Football League tight end
  • Lawrence Ricks (b. 1961), former American football professional running back
  • Jerry Ricks (1940-2007), American blues guitarist
  • Sir Christopher Bruce Ricks FBA (b. 1933), British literary critic and scholar
  • Melissa Ricks (b. 1990), Filipina actress

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Cyril G. Ricks (d. 1912), aged 23, English Storekeeper from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [3]


Suggested Readings for the name Ricks +

  • 1947 "John Hastle Tynes and Associated Families" by Valerie Fields Harris.

  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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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