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HICKS Family History
Recorded as Hick, Hicke and the patronymics Hickes, Hicks and Hickson,
this is a famous English medieval surname. Derived from the given name
Richard, this was a personal name that was occasionally found in England
in the pre 10th century, but was mainly popularized as Ricard by the
Norman-French invaders after the Conquest of 1066. However the ulimate
origin is perhaps surprisingly pre 7th century Old German, and it was
then composed of the elements "ric", meaning power, with "hard", brave
or strong. The personal name became a firm favourite amongst the native
population of England after the reign of King Richard 1st, known as
"Lionheart", (1189 - 1199)...