Pickeney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Pickeney family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Northampton. Their name, however, is a reference to Picquigny, in Somme, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. [1]

Early Origins of the Pickeney family

The surname Pickeney was first found in Northampton where the family claim descent from Gilo de Pincheni, who lived in the reign of Henry I. He was granted by the monks of St. Lucien in France lands at Wedon. [2] Wulfhere, the first Christian king of Mercia, had a palace here, which, after his death, was converted by his daughter Werburgh into a nunnery, of which she became abbess, and which was destroyed by the Danes in the ninth century. [3] Ansculfus de Pinchengi was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as holding lands in Berkshire. [4]

Important Dates for the Pickeney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pickeney research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1303, 1599 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Pickeney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pickeney Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Pickeney has been recorded under many different variations, including Pinkney, Pinckney, Pinkley, Pinkly, Pinkie and others.

Early Notables of the Pickeney family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pickeney family

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Pickeneys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Henry Pinkie settled in Virginia in 1619.

Citations

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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