The name Pichtoomb reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Pichtoomb family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pichtoomb 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 Pichtoomb family
The surname Pichtoomb 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 Pichtoomb family
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Pichtoomb Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Pichetone, Pichtone, Pickton, Picton and others.
Early Notables of the Pichtoomb 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 Pichtoomb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pichtoomb family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Pichtoomb name or one of its variants: 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.