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Where did the English Pickings family come from? What is the English Pickings family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pickings family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pickings family history?Pickings is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pickings family lived in Northampton. Their name, however, is a reference to Picquigny, in Somme, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pinkney, Pinckney, Pinkley, Pinkly, Pinkie and others.
First found in Northampton where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pickings research. Another 329 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1303, 1599 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Pickings History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pickings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Pickings or a variant listed above: Henry Pinkie settled in Virginia in 1619.
The Pickings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pickings 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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