This most interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is an English locational name from Tickhill, a place in West Yorkshire, which appeared as "Tichehilla" circa 1150 in the Yorkshire Register of Antiquities, and "Ticahil" in 1157 in the Yorkshire Charters. The placename itself is composed of the Olde English personal name "Tica", or the Olde English element "ticce(n)", kid, plus the second element "hyll", hill. During the Middle Ages when migration for the purpose of job-seeking was becoming more common, people often took their former village name as a means of identification, thus resulting in a wide dispersal of the name.The surname itself is first recorded in the late 12th Century (see below), while one Roger de Tikell was mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls of Derbyshire in 1327. Henricus de Tikhill was noted in the Poll Tax Records of Yorkshire in 1379. William Tykell married Alyce Houlton on November 23rd 1595 at St. Giles Cripplegate, London, while Judith Tickle was christened on January 19th 1602 at St. Mary Bothaw, London. A Coat of Arms was granted to a Tickel family and depicts three silver horses head erased on a blue shield. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Tikehill, which was dated 1175, in the "Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. 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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