Last name: Rix
This rather unusual surname is of Germanic and Anglo-Saxon origin, and has two possible sources, each with its own history and derivation. Firstly it may be from a patronymic of the medieval given name "Rick", itself a short form of Richard, composed of the Germanic elements "ric", power, and "hard", hardy, brave, strong, introduced by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066; or Rick could be derived from a less common compound name with the first element "ric", as above. The earliest recording (see below) is from this source. Secondly, the surname may be topographical, describing "a dweller on a piece of land thickly grown with rushes", derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century (West Saxon) "rixe", rush, a metathesized form of "rysc". Topographical surnames, such as this, were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. Recordings from London Church Registers include: the christening of John, son of Alexander and Margaret Rix, on May 27th 1634, at Allhallows, London Wall, and the christening of William, son of William and Rebecah Rix, on October 23rd 1696, at St. Gabriel's, Fenchurch. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is a red shield with a fess between six crosses crosslet fitchee silver, the Crest being a demi griffin proper. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph Rixe, which was dated 1279, in the "Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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My branch of the family come from Norfolk where in a smal town called Wells-Next- The-Sea there is a huge concentraion of Rix's.
My forebears moved from the Norfolk vilage of West Shesham ?? or Swanton Morley in the mid 1800s to settle in South Yorkshire which was a burgeoning boom are during that period.
I have a strong suspision that our family orginaly came from the low countries - Holland - Belgium - Luxembourg or even the Aslace region of France. There are Rixvilles and Rixhiems dotted about in those areas.
Yes the Rix Alliance is a good route to follow. Also check out the Rixes in Hull - Big time shipping shipping family in that area.
Regards to all Rixes - Robert Rix.
I am from the US and know that I am a German Irish mix. I would love to know more about my last name. Any suggestions on where to even begin my search??
I am very interested in learning about my heritage. I am Marc Rix and i live in Cape Town South Africa. If by any chance that you can help it would be grateful
you could check out the "Rix Family Alliance" siteThey may be able to help.
My surname is Rix too, fascinating read! I read somewhere that it means 'Lord" or "King" but not sure how true that is.
I read it was a corruption of the Latin "rex", meaning "king". Maybe that's where you got it from?
I live in the states. All I know from my family is we are Irish and German.
I'm in the same position. I live in Colorado but I recently found out that my great great grand gather was a Methodist circuit preacher in Georgia and that we are Irish and German.
Interesting that Robert speaks of a South Yorkshire settlement, I and my family and forefathers dating back to early 1900's are all from the mining villages around Doncaster. Also that Marc speaks of South Africa as some of my relatives moved there in the 1980 's
Karyn Rix Williams
Great Site....nice to share the pride of being in a Rix clan! :)