Pickens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Pickens family
The surname Pickens was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages. The name is generally understood to be an occupational name for someone who used a pick or made picks for use in the many agricultural areas of this county and adjacent ones. The name was originally derived from the Middle English work "pik." However, the name could also have been derived from the Norman French personal name "Picon." Further south in England, the name could also have been a local name, derived from locals like Langdale Pikes.
Early History of the Pickens family
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Pickens Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Pick, Picke, Pickin, Picken, Pickins, Pickens, Pickon, Pickons, Pike and many more.
Early Notables of the Pickens family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Pickens is the 1,953rd most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. 
Migration of the Pickens family to Ireland
Some of the Pickens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pickens migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pickens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Pickens, who arrived in New England in 1732 
- John Pickens, who landed in Virginia in 1740 
Pickens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Pickens, aged 55, who landed in America from London, in 1893
- Mrs. Pickens, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1896
- Dora Pickens, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Pickens Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mrs. J. W. Pickens, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
- J. W. Pickens, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1905
- Jessie Pickens, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
- Charles H. Pickens, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1906
- Elizabeth Pickens, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1908
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Contemporary Notables of the name Pickens (post 1700) +
- Thomas Boone "T." Pickens Jr. (1928-2019), American businessman and philanthropist, ranked by Forbes as the 117th-richest person in America
- Slim Pickens (1919-1983), stage name of Louis Burton Lindley, Jr., American actor and cowboy best remembered for his comic roles, notably in Dr. Strangelove and Blazing Saddles
- William Pickens (1881-1954), American orator, educator, journalist, and essayist, probably best remembered for The Heir of Slaves (1910) and Bursting Bonds (1923)
- Willie Pickens (1931-2017), American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator from Milwaukee
- James Pickens Jr. (b. 1954), American actor, best known for his starring role as Dr. Richard Webber on the medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy
- Francis Wilkinson Pickens (1805-1869), American politician, 69th Governor of South Carolina (1860-1862)
- Andrew Pickens (1739-1817), American revolutionary soldier and US Congressman, South Carolina, eponym of Fort Pickens, Pensacola, Florida
- Jean Paul "J.P." Pickens (1937-1973), American musician, poet and artist
- Carl McNally Pickens (b. 1970), former American football wide receiver in the NFL
- Andrew Pickens (1779-1838), American military and political leader who served as the 46th Governor of South Carolina
- ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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Suggested Readings for the name Pickens +
- The John Pickens Family by Nellie Pickens Anderson.
- Thomas Boone Pickens, 1928- by Lois K. Nix.
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ 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)