Show ContentsPickersgill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Pickersgill comes from the family having resided in the region of Pickersgill Lane which was a common location for thieves and pickpockets.

Early Origins of the Pickersgill family

The surname Pickersgill was 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.

Early History of the Pickersgill family

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Pickersgill Spelling Variations

Pickersgill has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Pickersgill, Pikersgill and others.

Early Notables of the Pickersgill family (pre 1700)

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United States Pickersgill migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pickersgills to arrive on North American shores:

Pickersgill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Pickersgill, who settled in Maryland in 1726
Pickersgill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Pickersgill, who settled in Ohio in 1842
  • John Pickersgill, who landed in New York in 1845 [1]
  • Charles Frederick Pickersgill, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Hannah Louisa Pickersgill, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Eli and George Pickersgill, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868 and 1838 respectively

Canada Pickersgill migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pickersgill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Pickersgill, who was recorded in the census of Ontario, Canada in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Pickersgill (post 1700) +

  • Mary Young Pickersgill (1776-1857), the American flagmaker of the Star Spangled Banner
  • Frederick Richard Pickersgill (1820-1900), English painter and book illustrator
  • Henry William Pickersgill (1782-1875), English painter specialising in portraits
  • Steve Pickersgill (b. 1985), English rugby league player
  • Edward Hare Pickersgill (1850-1911), English Liberal Party politician
  • Richard Pickersgill, Professor of Professor of Structural Biology at Queen Mary, University of London (1999- )
  • Jeanette Pickersgill (d. 1885), the first person to be officially cremated in the United Kingdom
  • William Pickersgill (1861-1928), British Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Caledonian Railway
  • John Whitney Pickersgill (1905-1997), Canadian civil servant and politician
  • Frank Herbert Dedrick Pickersgill (1915-1944), Canadian military intelligence agent, war hero in World War II, executed by the Nazis

The Pickersgill Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quae Recta Sequor
Motto Translation: I follow the things which are right.

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook