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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.

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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.


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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.

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

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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

Ricks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christopher Ricks, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771
  • 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
  • T Ricks, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • C S Ricks, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1865

Ricks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Ricks, registered at Trinity, Newfoundland in 1793

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


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  • John Hastle Tynes and Associated Families by Valerie Fields Harris.
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  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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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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