Ryckes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ryckes is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the county of Somerset. Ryckes 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. Rixon is a village near Sturminster Newton in Dorset.

Early Origins of the Ryckes family

The surname Ryckes was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat during the Middle Ages.

Early History of the Ryckes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ryckes research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1274 and 1333 are included under the topic Early Ryckes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ryckes Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ryckes family name include Ricks, Rickes, Rick, Rix, Rixon, Ricke and others.

Early Notables of the Ryckes family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ryckes family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ryckes surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Peter Rix, who sailed to Virginia in 1663; John Ricks, who sailed to Maryland in 1664; Christopher Ricks migrated to Pennsylvania 1771; Charles Ricks migrated to Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1836.

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