Show ContentsTricker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The more common variants of this family, Trigg, Triggs and Trickey are all patronymic as in "the son of Trig." [1] The name tends to be from Northern England, but has spread throughout England. It is thought the name originated with the Norwegian Trygg, or the Old Norse Tryggui, meaning "true, trusty." [2]

"Tryggui was, of course, the father of King Olaf Trygguason (Oláfr konungr Trygguason) of the sagas. The form in our 13th- 14th cent. records was Trig and Tryg. " [3]

We do know that Tryggui was a Viking chieftain who sailed "west across the sea" to establish Norse settlements in England and Ireland.

Early Origins of the Tricker family

The surname Tricker was first found in Yorkshire where the mononym Trig was a Knights Templar in 1185. A few years later, William Trig was listed in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1202. Later, Ralph Trigge was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for Lancashire in 1332. [4]

By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the family had spread throughout ancient England: Robert Trig, Cambridgeshire; William Triggs, Cambridgeshire; and Alan Trig, Lincolnshire. [1]

In Somerset, a search through early rolls revealed William Tryg, Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) [5] In Yorkshire, Johannes Tryg was recorded in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

In Devon, the first record of the Trickey variant was found in 1238. [4]

Early History of the Tricker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tricker research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1549, 1597, 1657, 1801, 1685, 1547, 1606 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Tricker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tricker Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Tricker has been spelled many different ways, including Trigg, Trig, Trygg, Trygge, Tryg, Trick, Trigge, Trick and many more.

Early Notables of the Tricker family (pre 1700)

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United States Tricker migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Trickers to arrive in North America:

Tricker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louise Tricker, aged 28, who arrived in America from York, England, in 1893
Tricker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • J. A. Tricker, aged 28, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Dorothy Tricker, aged 27, who arrived in America from Homford, England, in 1909
  • Emily C. Tricker, aged 34, who arrived in America from Homford, England, in 1909
  • William E. Tricker, aged 34, who arrived in America from Homford, England, in 1909
  • Mary Tricker, aged 16, who arrived in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Tricker migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tricker Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Frank Samuel Tricker, aged 25, who arrived in Toronto, Canada, in 1915

Australia Tricker migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tricker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Tricker (post 1700) +

  • William Tricker (1852-1916), English-born, American estate gardener who specialized in aquatic plants
  • Walter Pettit Tricker (1823-1907), English-born, New Zealand settler, farmer, soldier who some say was wrongly imprisoned
  • Reginald William "Reg" Tricker (1904-1990), English footballer who played from 1924 to 1934
  • Don Tricker, New Zealand former player and coach of the New Zealand national softball team
  • John Tricker Conquest (1789-1806), Scottish man-midwife, he died at Shooter's Hill on 24 Oct. 1866 [7]

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 1st February 2021 from
  7. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook