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

Pigeau is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Pigeau comes from the Old English given name Picot or Pigot. The surname Pigeau 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.

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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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pigeau 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 Pigeau History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Pigeau 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.

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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 Pigeau or a variant listed above: William Piggett who settled in Virginia in 1654; John Piggot settled in Virginia in 1654; Alexander Piggot settled in Barbados in 1745; William and Walter Piggott settled in Virginia in 1635.

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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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The Pigeau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pigeau 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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