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Where did the English Pickering family come from? What is the English Pickering family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pickering family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pickering family history?

The lineage of the name Pickering begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the parish of Pickering found in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Pickering is a habitation name that was originally derived from the pre-existing name for a parish. It was originally derived from the Old English word Picora which referred to those individuals who lived at the edge of a hill.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Pickering has undergone many spelling variations, including Puckering, Pickering, Pykering, Pikering and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pickering research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1596, 1592, 1611, 1668, 1668, 1654, 1618, 1701, 1654, 1592 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Pickering History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 299 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pickering Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Pickering were among those contributors:

Pickering Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Pickering, who arrived in America in 1620
  • George Pickering who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Pickering, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1638
  • John Pickering settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Joan Pickering, who landed in Virginia in 1653


Pickering Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Pickering, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Mary Pickering, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1864
  • William H Pickering, aged 22, landed in New York in 1864
  • Thomas Pickering, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Pickering Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • William Pickering settled in St. John's in 1704
  • Samuel Pickering settled in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Samuel Pickering, aged 23, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774

Pickering Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Pickering settled in Catalina, Newfoundland in 1836

Pickering Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Pickering arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Mary Ann Pickering arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Ed. Pickering arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
  • John Pickering arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
  • Dennis Pickering, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina"


Pickering Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Pickering arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • Charlotte Pickering arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • Elizabeth Pickering arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • Thomas Pickering arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • John Pickering arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861


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  • Edward Charles Pickering (1846-1919), American astronomer and physicist
  • Thomas Reeve Pickering (b. 1931), American Ambassador to the United Nations from 1989 to 1992
  • Brigadier-General James Arthur Pickering (1891-1983), American Commanding Officer Artillery, 8th Division (1942-1945)
  • Mr. R. L.  Pickering (1885-1917), English 2nd Officer aboard the SS Curaca from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Sir Adrienne Pickering (b. 1981), Australian actress
  • Karen Pickering MBE (b. 1971), British former freestyle swimmer and 4-time World Champion
  • Percival Spencer Umfreville Pickering (1858-1920), British chemist and horticulturist
  • William Hayward Pickering (1910-2004), New Zealand born rocket scientist and former director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Mr. William E.  Pickering (1863-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Viola  Pickering (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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The Pickering Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pickering Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 24 April 2015 at 16:35.

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