Rickwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rickwood family

The surname Rickwood was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1191 when Richewardus de Westberi held estates in that county.

Early History of the Rickwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rickwood research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1455, 1487, 1510 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Rickwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rickwood 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 Rickwood include Record, Ricord, Rickward, Rikecord, Rikeworth, Rickworth, Rykeward, Rickward, Rickword, Rickwood, Rickcord, Records and many more.

Early Notables of the Rickwood family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Robert Recorde (1510-1558), Welsh physician & mathematician. "Born of a good family at Tenby in Pembroke, his father was Thomas Recorde. Though the greatest part of his time...
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United States Rickwood 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:

Rickwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Rickwood, who was naturalized in California in 1864

Canada Rickwood migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rickwood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Philip Rickwood, who was on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Rickwood (post 1700) +

  • Roger Rickwood, Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

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