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Gender Masculine
Other Forms FormsHick, Hicken, Hickey

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 1).

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.
Added 3/27/2012 by SeaHorse15
Edited 12/28/2022 by Mike C and SeaHorse15