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Where did the English Pickett family come from? What is the English Pickett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pickett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pickett family history?

The name Pickett was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Pickett is based on the Old English given name Picot or Pigot. The surname Pickett was originally derived from the Old English word pic, meaning a hill with a sharp point at its top, and would originally have indicated that its bearer lived near such a landmark.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Pigott, Piggot, Piggett, Piggott, Piggot, Pigot, Picot and many more.

First found in Cheshire and Cambridgeshire where Picot of Cambridge (c.10221090), born in Saye, Normandy, was a Norman landowner and rose to become Sheriff of Cambridgeshire (c. 1071-1090.) His son Robert, became implicated in a conspiracy against King Henry I, fled the country and the family estates were forfeit. However, the Cheshire branch continued for many centuries.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pickett research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1333, 1657, 1686, 1719, 1777, 1720, 1796, 1640 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Pickett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 101 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pickett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Pickett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pickett or a variant listed above:

Pickett Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Pickett, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Susan Pickett, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Elizabeth Pickett, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • Ell Pickett, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Christopher Pickett, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Pickett Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • J W Pickett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • William Pickett, who arrived in Mississippi in 1875

Pickett Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes Pickett, aged 33, who landed in America from Sydney, England, in 1907
  • Arthur H. Pickett, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Turnbridge Wells, England, in 1907
  • Cecil Pickett, aged 9, who landed in America from Sydney, England, in 1907
  • Arthur N. Pickett, aged 25, who landed in America from Turnbridge Well, England, in 1908
  • Annie Bertha Pickett, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1911


  • George Edward Pickett (1825-1875), career United States Army officer
  • Wilson Pickett (1941-2006), American R&B /rock and roll and soul singer and songwriter
  • Charles Edgar Pickett (1866-1930), two-term Republican U.S. Representative
  • John Coleman Pickett (1896-1983), United States federal judge
  • Robert George Pickett (1938-2007), American singer
  • Willie M. "Bill" Pickett (1870-1932), cowboy and rodeo performer
  • Cindy Lou Pickett (b. 1947), American actress
  • Ryan Lamont Pickett (b. 1979), National Football League defensive lineman
  • Rex Pickett (b. 1956), American writer best known for his popular novel Sideways
  • Thomas Augustus Pickett (1906-1980), United States Representative representing Texas's 7th congressional district



  • Pickett Cousins: a 350 Year History by Patricia F. Hunter.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tout foys prest
Motto Translation: Always ready.


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  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Pickett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pickett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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