The name Pichtoombe reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pichtoombe 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 Pichtoombe family
The surname Pichtoombe 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 Pichtoombe family
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Pichtoombe Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Pichtoombe family name include Pichetone, Pichtone, Pickton, Picton and others.
Early Notables of the Pichtoombe 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 Pichtoombe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pichtoombe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Pichtoombe family to immigrate North America: 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.