Hicks family crest
Colors on the Hicks family crest explained
Argent (silver) - represents the values of peacefulness and sincerity which the Hicks family was known for.
Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and the historic military strength of the Hicks family when called upon in times of war.
Or (Gold) - signifies the historical generosity of this ancient family.
Symbols on the Hicks family crest explained
The three Fleur-de-lis - represents purity, light and religious connections including connections of the Virgin Mary. A connection to the Hicks family's early religious associations.
The fesse dancetty (wavy line) - represents water and is likely a connection to early Hicks family members successful pursuits over seas or command at sea.
The stag - symbolizes the Hicks family being people of a peaceful and harmonious nature. Those who will not fight unless provoked.
The laurel wreath - in ancient times was used as a symbol of victory and achievement. In this case, symbolising early Hicks family members achievement in battle or service to others.
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Origins of the Hicks family name
The Hicks family name is thought to have originated in the late 12th century, from the Old English personal name 'Hicca', which was a diminutive of Richard.
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Summary of the Hicks family and the Hicks family crest
- The Hicks name is of English origin.
- The name is believed to have been brought to the country during the Norman conquest of 1066.
- The first recorded use of the origin Hicks name (as a surname) was in 1279, when Walter 'Hick' was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire.
- However, first recorded use of the name as a first name was in the year 1130.
- The Hicks family very much became established in Worcestershire in England, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
- Some of the Hicks family were originally from Berkshire, but later moved to the county of Devon in the 12th century.
- Variations of the name continued to grow in the early 14th century in the records of the Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem, in the form of Richard Hike.
- The Hicks family's wealth can in middle age England can still be seen today with the places Hick's Hill in Hampshire and Hick's Grove in Hertfordshire.
- The Hicks name has been associated with the United States since the early 1600s.
- The first Hicks in America was William Hicks, who arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1623.
- His descendants remained in Virginia for several generations before moving to other parts of the country.
- Incredibly, all Hicks family members in the United States today can still trace their roots back to England in the middle ages.
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