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Dirksen Coat of Arms / Dirksen Family Crest

Dirksen Coat of Arms / Dirksen Family Crest

This surname of DIRKSEN was a baptismal name 'the son of Theodoric' an ancient baptismal name. This name was introduced from Holland and Germany into England in the 15th century, and as a surname is most common now in County Somerset. The name was originally spelt as Diederick. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but most of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. This name is also spelt DIRKS. A notable member of the name was Rudolph DIRKS (1877-1968) the German-born American strip cartoonist, born in Heinde, the son of a wood-carver, who brought him to Chicago at the age of seven. He started selling joke cartoons to 'Life' magazine in 1894, then joined the 'New York Journal' where he created the long running strip 'The Katzenjammer Kids' (1897). In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Rietstaps Armorial General. Registered in Holland. (DIRCKS).

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