Bicton is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bicton family lived in Flintshire
, now part the county of Clwyd, Wales
, at Picton. Their name is derived from the Old English words pic,
meaning a hill with a sharp point,
meaning enclosure or settlement.
Early Origins of the Bicton family
The surname Bicton was first found in Flintshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times as Lords of the manor of Picton. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066, Picton was held by Robert of Rhuddlan, a Norman noble, and was a small hamlet. Conjecturally this distinguished family are descended from Robert. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Pickton, a township, in the parish of KirkLeavington, union of Stockton, W. division of the liberty of Langbaurgh in Yorkshire
. "This place, sometimes written Pyketon (Peak-town), belonged in the reign of Edward I
. to a family of the same name. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bicton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bicton research.Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1755 and 1836 are included under the topic Early Bicton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bicton Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Pichetone, Pichtone, Pickton, Picton and others.
Early Notables of the Bicton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John of Picton Castle; and Cesar Picton (c.1755-1836), who went from slave to successful businessman in England
. As a slave, he was presented as a... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bicton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bicton family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bicton or a variant listed above: John Pickton who settled in Maryland in 1725; Margaret Picton, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1735; John Pickton, who came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1841.