The name Rickson reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Rickson family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rickson family lived in Lancashire
, at Rixton-with-Glazebrook, from whence they took their name.
Early Origins of the Rickson family
The surname Rickson was first found in Lancashire
at Rixton-with-Glazebrook, a civil parish in the unitary authority of Warrington. Traditionally part of Lancashire
, the hamlet of Rixton, this local
dates back to the reign of King John where it "was the seat of a family of the local name, the last male descendant of whom was Alan Rixton, in the reign of Edward III." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Rickson family
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Rickson Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Rixton, Rixon, Rickston and others.
Early Notables of the Rickson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rickson family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Rickson name or one of its variants:
Rickson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Waller Rickson, who landed in Virginia in 1658 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)