Show ContentsPickell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pickell is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Pickhall (Pickhill), a parish, in the union of Thirsk, partly in the wapentake of Allertonshire, but chiefly in that of Hallikeld, in the North Riding of Yorkshire. [1] [2] [3]

The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Picala and literally meant "nook of land by the pointed hills," from the Old English "pic" + "halh." [4]

However, another source has a slightly different point of origin, having the name mean: 'dweller at the small enclosure’, from the Middle English pightel, pighel. [5]

Early Origins of the Pickell family

The surname Pickell was first found in Yorkshire where early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Ricardus de Pighkeleys; and Stephanus de Pykedleghes. Bot resided "in the village of Haworth, in which district the two names are now so familiar. The Directory for Wilsden, West Riding of Yorks, contains the two following names, seemingly related: Nathan Pickles, beer-retailer; and Nathan Pighills, farmer." [6]

Later in Lancashire, Henry Pickles was listed there in 1571 and later again, Arthur Pickles was found in Yorkshire in 1672. [5]

Early History of the Pickell family

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Pickell Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Pickell has been spelled many different ways, including Pickles, Pickel, Pickle, Pykelworthe, Pickleworth and others.

Early Notables of the Pickell family (pre 1700)

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Pickell Ranking

In the United States, the name Pickell is the 12,983rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7]

United States Pickell migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Pickells to arrive in North America:

Pickell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Pickell, who arrived in America in 1777-1783 [8]

Canada Pickell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pickell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Christopher Pickell U.E. (b. 1766) from New York, USA who settled in Canada c. 1784 son of John Pickell Sr. [9]
  • Mr. Jacob Pickell U.E. (b. 1757) from New York, USA who settled in Canada c. 1784 son of John Pickell Sr. [9]
  • Mr. John Pickell Sr., U.E. from New York, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York, father of 5 [9]
  • Mr. John Pickell Jr., U.E. (b. 1759) from New York, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 son of John Pickell Sr., he served in the King's Rangers [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pickell (post 1700) +

  • John Pickell, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Allegany County, 1842

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  8. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook