The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This German surname of SICARD is an occupational name for a maker of seals or signet rings. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form SIGILLUM. It was also a medieval given name 'the son of SIGI' meaning victory. The name has many variant spellings which include SICKERT, SICKART, SICKARD and SICKERD to name but a few. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Walter Richard SICKERT (1860-1942) was the German-born British artist, born in Munich of mixed Dutch and Danish parentage. After three years on the English stage he studied at the Slade School. While working in Paris he was much influenced by Degas. He had many studios in London, paying regular visits to France. He was a member of the New English Art Club. His autobiography 'A Free House' was published in 1947. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized.
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