Where did the English Hicks family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Hicks family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
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 Hicks include Hicks, Hickes, Hick, Hix and others.
First found in Yorkshire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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: John Hicks of the Gloucester branch settled in Long Island in 1665; Mathew Hick settled in Virginia in 1774; Elizabeth Hicks settled in Virginia in 1663.
Motto Translated: All in good time.
Suggested Readings for the name Hicks
* Ancestors and Kin, Davis, Hicks, Kennedy by Mary Kennedy Reynolds.
* The Andrew Hicks and Charles Stone Families by Lucille Kaufman Novak.
Some noteworthy people of the name Hicks
* Sir Denys Hicks, British Lawyer
* Sir Edwin Hicks, Australian Diplomat
* Henry Hicks, Canadian Lawyer
* Sir Stanton Hicks, Australian Professor of Physiology.
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