This occupational name of STRICKETT is of German and Dutch origin, a name given to someone whose job was to fill level measures of corn, by passing a flat stick over the brim of the measure, thus removing any heaped excess. The name has been brought into England, and in Old English was rendered as STRICCAN. In Germany the name is Streicher or Kornstreicher, and in Holland is De Strycker. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. Early records of the name mention Robert le Straker, 1246, County Lancashire. William Strakour, 1327, County Surrey. Edward Stryke of Yorkshire was documented in 1379, and William Strike appears in London in the year 1400.
The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages.
The Dutch language is most closely related to Low German, and its surnames have been influenced both by German and French naming practices. The preposition 'van' is found especially with habitation names, and the 'de' mainly with nicknames.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Rietstaps Armorial General. Registered in Holland.
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