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

Pigeon is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Pigeon comes from the ancient and forgotten given name Prujean.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pigeon include Pigeon, Pidgeon and others.

First found in Kent 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pigeon research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pigeon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pigeon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Pigeons to arrive on North American shores:

Pigeon Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Joe Pigeon settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Pigeon, aged 15, landed in Virginia in 1635

Pigeon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Richard Pigeon, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Robert Pigeon, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Eliza Pigeon, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Adrien Pigeon, who landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • James Pigeon, who arrived in America in 1765

Pigeon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Pigeon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Catherine Pigeon, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Edward Pigeon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850

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  • Michel Pigeon (b. 1945), Quebec engineer, Professor at the Université de Laval à Québec
  • Louis-Joseph Pigeon (1923-1993), Quebec politician, member of Parliament for Joliette-L'Assomption Montcalm in the House of Commons (1958-1965)
  • Gilles Pigeon (b. 1931), Quebec doctor, Professor of Medecine at the Université de Montréal (1965-1969) and Officer of the Order of Quebec (2000)
  • Louis-Philippe Pigeon (b. 1905), Quebec lawyer and politician, professor at l' Université Laval (1942-1967), who was made a Compagnon of the Order of Canada (1980)


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