Usage Medieval English
Other Forms FormsHick, Hicken, Hickey
Edit Status Status
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.