This message is directed to all interested in the different spellings of the VanSickle name.Especially those involved in the recent controversy over the spelling of names.
The following is from a copy of a book that my dad had in his notes.
Famous Families of New York by Margherita Arlina-Hamm
Published by G.P. Putman's Sons in 1902. (2nd publication, first was in 1901.)
Last half of page 227
Both boroughs have equal claims upon the Livingstons, Schermerhorns, Remsens, Kings, Schencks, and Vanderbilts.To this class belongs the ancient Dutch race of Van Siclen, which crossed the ocean to the New Netherlands in the middle of the seventeenth century, and has been an influential element in the development of the community up to the present time.Like most of the old Holland names, the orthography of the patronymic has varied considerably.Among the forms which it has assumed may be enumerated Van Sicklen, Van Sichlen, Van Siclen Van Sickelen, Van Siechelen, Van Sychlen, Van Scyklen, Van Syckle, Vansyckel, and Van Sickle.Several branches have dropped the Van and simplified the name to Sickel and Sickles.
I have a copy of the whole chapter which does make for some interesting reading about Ferdinandus, his three sons and some members of later generations.
If anyone would like a copy of the chapter, they can e-mail me their snail mail address at email@example.com .