Usage Medieval English
Other Forms FormsHick, Hicken, Hickey
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Meaning & History
Medieval diminutive of Richard. The change in the initial consonant is said to have been caused by the way the velar Norman R was pronounced by the English (compare Dick).By the late 14th century it was a conventional type of name for a hosteler, hackneyman, etc., perhaps via alliteration; the later meaning "awkward provincial person" was established by 1700.