This surname DICKENS was a baptismal name 'the son of Diccon' the parent of course is Richard. The name was probably brought into England from France in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Most of the early instances are in the French form of DICON, and the name appears to be familiar to North Lancashire. The spelling of Dicon lingered on in this area until the 16th century. Early records of the name mention Dicun Malebiss, 1207 County Yorkshire. Richard Dicun 1203 Bedfordshire. John Dicon was recorded in the year 1327 in County Surrey, and David Dyccons of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379.
An eminent member of the name was Charles John Huffam DICKENS (1812-1870). He exposed evils and was creator of many humerous characters. Among his greatest works were 'Oliver Twist', 'Bleak House' and 'The Pickwick Papers'. 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 associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.(Dickens).
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