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

The name Pinkney reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pinkney 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.

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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 Pinkney include 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinkney research. Another 329 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1303, 1599 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Pinkney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pinkney 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 Pinkneys to arrive on North American shores:

Pinkney Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Michaell Pinkney, who landed in America in 1654-1679
  • Mary Pinkney, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Pinkney Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Pinkney, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1812
  • James M Pinkney, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • E S Pinkney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Bill Pinkney (1925-2007), American performer and singer, member of The Drifters
  • Edward Coate Pinkney, American poet, lawyer, arts professor
  • Edward Coote Pinkney (1802-1828), American poet, lawyer, sailor, professor, and editor
  • Fayette Pinkney (1948-2009), American singer
  • Ninian Pinkney (1811-1877), U.S. Navy medical director, active during the American Civil War
  • William Pinkney (1764-1822), American statesman and diplomat, eponym of the Monroe-Pinkney Treaty


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