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The ancient name of "Usticke" goes back to a time when surnames were not well established and hardly used. Most people in the Middle Ages were referred to by a first or Christian name and a qualifier that referred to a relationship to a person or to a place of origin. Thus, we have such identifiers as "John, son of Robert" or "Jesus of Nazareth." The name "Usticke" is derived from the latter method.
The family subsequently known as "Usticke" is reputed to have originated in Cheshire, England and records of the name were first recorded in the fifteenth and sixteenth century in Cornwall, England. The family's place of origin was within the Parish of St. Just in Cornwall. Thus, the first part of the surname was established, "Ust". Why the "J" was dropped is unknown by this writer but was probably due to the method of pronouncing St. Just at that time. The suffix "icke" is used in England, along with "wich", "wick", "ick", to mean, "from the place of." This is the origin of such names as "Sandwich", "Hartwick" or "Merrick."
As we can see the name "Usticke" is quite English although in the United States it is often mistakenly thought to be Slavic. "Usticke" is one of the few family names extant that written records with the name can be found all the way back to the early Middle Ages. As the community of St. Just is quite small and unique, one can be quite sure that anyone with that surname, gained by genetic descent, can trace their origin back to the ancient family of "Usticke" from the Parish of St. Just in Cornwall, England.
See also the blog post 'Why is my name Usticke?'.
Bearings: Quarterly 1 and 4, counter-quartered i. and iiii. gules, on a
bend embattled counter-embattled, between two plain cotises or, three eagles
displayed of the field (for Usticke); ii. and iii. per fesse argent
and sable, a fesse engrailed counterchanged between a sword in chief, point
upwards, and another in base, point downwards proper (for Nowell); 2
and 3 per bend sinister dovetail or and sable, six martlets within a
bordure, all counterchanged (for Beauchant). Upon an escutcheon is
placed a helmet befitting his degree, with a mantling gules and or; and for
his Crests, 1. upon a wreath of the colours, a demi-eagle displayed gules,
gorged with a plain collar and pendent there from an escutcheon or, charged
with a water-bouget sable (for Usticke); 2. upon a wreath of the
colours, a dexter arm embowed in armour, grasping a sword proper, between the
antlers of a stag sable (for Nowell); 3. upon a wreath of the colours,
on a mount vert, in front of rays of the sun proper, a martlet sable,
holding in its beak an acorn slipped, also proper (for Beauchant).
Motto: "Semper paratus" (Always prepared)
Alec's father compiled a lot of genealogical information about the Usticke family going back a few centuries. His father was Gordon Wright Nowell-Usticke born September 9, 1894.
On Jill's side, her first cousin, once removed Dan McNeil has created the web site, A Thomas & Sarah Jane Horler Legacy. The Gale page includes lots of pictures of Jill and her family. (His web site is no longer available, but links have been updated to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.)
Further information on Jill's family can be found on the Cosh Family History and Tree.
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