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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.
The surname Ricks was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat during the Middle Ages.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ricks research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1274 and 1333 are included under the topic Early Ricks History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Ricks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Ricks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Ricks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ricks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The Ricks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ricks 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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