The surname of DICKINSON was a baptismal name 'the son of Richard', derived from the nickname HICK or HIGG, a popular North English font name. In North Lancashire, the french form Diquon or Digon lingered on until the close of the 16th Century. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conquerer. It is known as the Domesday Book. Early records of the name mention Richard Digon of London in 1273. Ricardus Dicon was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Cicely Diconson of Broughton, Lancashire, was listed in the Wills at Richmond in 1572. Thomas Dicconson of Dalton, Durham, ibid, 1596. Buried - an infant son of Daniel Diconsonne, St. Antholin, London in 1600. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards.
The variant spellings of the name include Dickens, Dicconson and Dickons
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