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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Fic"kle
Not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable; of a changeable mind; not firm in opinion or purpose; inconstant; capricious; as, Fortune's fickle wheel.

Etymology: OE. fikel untrustworthy, deceitful, AS. ficol, fr. fic gefic, fraud, deceit; cf. fācen deceit, OS. f�kn, OHG. feichan, Icel. feikn portent. Cf. Fidget

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  1. Liable to sudden unpredictable change ("fickle weather")
  2. Marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments ("fickle friends")

From Middle English fikil, fikil, from Old English ficol (“fickle, cunning, tricky, deceitful”), equivalent to fike +‎ -le. More at fike.

From Middle English fikelen, from fikel (“fickle”); see above. Cognate with Low German fikkelen (“to deceive, flatter”), German ficklen, ficheln (“to deceive, flatter”).

Notable Persons With the Last Name Fickle

Daniel Fickle is a photographer, film director, and music composer. He was most prominent from 2002 to present. Daniel was given the name Daniel McClellan Fickle Jr. on July 27th, 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia. Daniel is also known as Dan Fickle.


Malindi Fickle is an actress, filmmaker, editor, producer, and writer. She has been prominent since 1992.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fickle U.S.
  White 96.56% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.43% 16.26%

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People with the last name Fickle are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Fickle

  • How Popular is the name Fickle? As a last name Fickle was the 32,900th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Fickle? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Fickle was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Fickle: Your name in reverse order is Elkcif. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cfikel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fickle? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 697 people with the last name Fickle.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fickle? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Fickle as their last name since less than 1 person in 417k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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