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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 North 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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The surname Pickering was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire at Pickering, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in Pickering lythe. "The origin of this place is said to be very remote, being dated by tradition 270 years before the commencement of the Christian era, and ascribed to Peridurus, a British king, who was interred here, on the brow of a hill called Rawcliff. According to local tradition, also, its name is derived from the circumstance of a ring having been lost by the founder whilst washing in the river Costa, and subsequently found in the belly of a pike." [1]

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pickering research. Another 261 words (19 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, aged 23, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Samuel Pickering settled in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. William Pickering U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

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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  • Norman C. Pickering (1916-2015), American engineer, musical instrument designer, inventor, co-founder of the Audio Engineering Society
  • Brigadier-General James Arthur Pickering (1891-1983), American Commanding Officer Artillery, 8th Division (1942-1945)
  • Thomas Reeve Pickering (b. 1931), American Ambassador to the United Nations from 1989 to 1992
  • Edward Charles Pickering (1846-1919), American astronomer and physicist
  • 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
  • Mrs. Daisy  Pickering (1895-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Margaret  Pickering, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Alice  Pickering (1868-1917), 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
  • Mr. William E.  Pickering (1863-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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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.

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