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

The history of the Pinson family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Devon. Their name, however, is a reference to Mont-Pincon, in Calvados, in the arrondissement of Lisieieux, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Pinson, Pincon, Pinsent, Pensent, Pensons, Pinsons, Pinser, Pincer, Poinson, Poincon, Pynson, MontPinson, Montpinson, Mountpinzo, Mompesson, Pinsun, Montepinson, Montepesson, Montepinsun and many more.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat anciently as Lords of the Manor. The name originally was the Norman Mont-pincon or pincun from the barony and castle of that name in Calvados, in the arrondisement of Lisieieux in Normandy. Ralf de Montpincon was the Norman noble dapifer who was granted lands in Devon for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Meanwhile in Normandy, the head of the family, Hugh de Monte Pincon held the service of three knights from Montpincon Castle in 1172.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinson research. Another 197 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1094, 1642, 1719, 1689, 1790, 1859, 1818, 1864 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Pinson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 119 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Pinson or a variant listed above were:

Pinson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Joseph Pinson who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Roger Pinson settled in Jamaica in 1665
  • Samuel Pinson settled in Barbados in 1685

Pinson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jean Joseph Pinson, who landed in New York in 1824

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  • Julie Pinson (b. 1967), American soap opera actress
  • Vada Edward Pinson Jr. (1938-1995), American center fielder and coach in Major League Baseball
  • Bobby Olen Pinson (b. 1970), American country music artist


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