The surname of QUIGG was a locational and occupational surname meaning one who worked and lived at the outlying dairy-farm or settlement. The name was derived from the Old English word CWIC. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of that county or the region from which he originated. There is a place called Quick Mere in Saddleworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire, from where the original bearer of the name may have lived, and also a lost place called Quick that was in Prescott, County Lancashire. The name is also spelt QUICK, QUICKE, QUIC and QUIGGE.Early records of the name mention CUICA (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Robert Quic who was documented in 1279 in County Cornwall, and William Quik appears in 1282 in County Essex. Gedmaer on Cuike appears in 1300. William Quykke was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) and John Quicke of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. Later instances of the name include John, son of John Quicke who was baptised at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1613, and Philip Quicke registered at Oxford University in the year 1613.
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