So I’m this guy. I work in a typical small Architecture firm in upstate NY.
I found a Google Book online today written by a man named John Waddell Van Sickle in the year 1880. This book was dedicated to the derivation and ancestral lineage of the name Van Sickle. This book helped me understand why I am feeling slightly unfulfilled in the office environment. The Van Sickle name originated in Holland and was given to a certain clan on account of being skillful farmers or agriculturists. The prefix ‘Van’ is a title of distinction meaning front rank or ranking first in any vocation. The ‘Sickle’ is representative of the use of a sickle as a reaper, an emblem of husbandry or a plentiful harvest. During the course of history the name has evolved through many derivations, (Vansicklen, Vansiclen, Van Syckel, Van Sickelen, etc…) About 1757 the Van Sickle version emerged as the dominant spelling and has endured.
You see, it is in my heritage to be out and make a living off the land…or at least on my own.
So here I am, searching my soul, and the intricate crevices of the interwebs to discover my true passion and develop my personal brand. To live up the Van Sickle namesake that I have so recently discovered.
Tag along. Join in. It should be a fun ride!