The Pickerel surname is derived from the Middle English word "pykerell," meaning "young pike;" as a name, it is thought to have evolved from a nickname
for a sharp and aggressive person, or perhaps as an occupational
name for someone who caught or sold these fish.
Early Origins of the Pickerel family
The surname Pickerel was first found in Norfolk
, where the name appeared in the late 12th century. The name undoubtedly originates from the middle English word pykerel, meaning a young pike, but the original significance of the name is uncertain. Pike are extremely vicious fish, and so the name may have belonged to someone with a nasty, short-tempered or violent disposition. Another possibility is that the name was occupational
in origin referring to one who fished pike for a living.
Early History of the Pickerel family
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Pickerel Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Pikerel, Pickerell, Pickerill, Pickrell, Pickrill and many more.
Early Notables of the Pickerel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pickerel family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Abigail Pickerell, and Mary Pickerell who both arrived in Maryland in 1665; Michael Pickerell, who came to Maryland in 166; and Gabriell Pickerell, who came to Virginia in 1705..
Contemporary Notables of the name Pickerel (post 1700)
- Mark Pickerel, American drummer
- Jack Pickerel, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Missouri State House of Representatives from Buchanan County 3rd District, 1964
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