Sycamore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Sycamore was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sycamore family lived in Suffolk. Their name, however, translates as the dweller by the sycamore trees.

Early Origins of the Sycamore family

The surname Sycamore was first found in Suffolk from very early times where they seated as Lords of the Manor of Wetheringsett. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 this village was the King's land, but was held by Godric and Ranulph, and conjecturally the Sicklemore family name is descended from this source.

Early History of the Sycamore family

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Sycamore Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sycamore have been found, including Sicklemore, Siklemore, Sicamour, Sicamore, Sickelmore, Sicklemour, Sicklemere and many more.

Early Notables of the Sycamore family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Sicklemore (died 1610), Governor of Virginia, possibly connected with the Suffolk family of Sicklemore, which was originally settled at Bramford, near Ipswich. "In early life he changed his name to Ratcliffe. In 1605 a Captain Ratcliffe, who may have been identical with John Sicklemore, served in the English auxiliary force employed in the Netherlands under Sir Horace Vere, and was taken prisoner in October at the battle of Mulheim with Sir Henry Cary and Captain Pigott. On 20 Dec. 1606 he sailed from London in command of...
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Migration of the Sycamore family

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sycamore were among those contributors: James Sicklemore arrived in Barbados with his servants in 1680; Michael Sicklemore was one of the first settlers in Virginia in 1608; twelve years before the ".



The Sycamore Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Par pari
Motto Translation: Equal to my equal.


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