Rickston is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rickston family lived in Lancashire
, at Rixton-with-Glazebrook, from whence they took their name.
Early Origins of the Rickston family
The surname Rickston 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 Rickston family
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Rickston Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Rickston include Rixton, Rixon, Rickston and others.
Early Notables of the Rickston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rickston family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Rickstons to arrive on North American shores: Jacob and John Rixon who settled in Carolina in 1774.