Recorded as Tricket, Trickett, and Truckett, this is an English medieval surname but of early French origins. Introduced into the British Isles after the invasion of England in 1066 by the army of Duke William of Normandy, later William 1st of England, it is a surname which was originally from Picardy in France. It derives from the pre 9th century Old French word "triche", meaning to trick, and the English medieval meaning is as an occupational name for a magician or conjuror. There is a second possible derivation from the baptismal name Trigett, itself being derived from the French personal name Trig, and a shortform of the diminutive suffix petit, meaning little, or son of. Early examples of the surname recording taken from surviving church registers of the post medieval period include examples such as Ralph Tuckett, at St Anne Soho, Westminster, on June 12th 1646, and Jonathan Trickett and Mary Williamson who were married at St. Michael's Cornhill, in the city of London, on June 1st 1706. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph Tricket. This was dated 1130, in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Middlesex, during the reign of King Henry IInd of England, 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes 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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