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

The name Pickett was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Pickett is based on the Old English given name Picot or Pigot. The surname Pickett was originally derived from the Old English word pic, meaning a hill with a sharp point at its top, and would originally have indicated that its bearer lived near such a landmark.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Pigott, Piggot, Piggett, Piggott, Piggot, Pigot, Picot and many more.

First found in Cheshire and Cambridgeshire where Picot of Cambridge (c.10221090), born in Saye, Normandy, was a Norman landowner and rose to become Sheriff of Cambridgeshire (c. 1071-1090.) His son Robert, became implicated in a conspiracy against King Henry I, fled the country and the family estates were forfeit. Another reference claims "the family originally came from Cheshire; William Pigott of Butley in the parish of Prestbury in that county, who died in 1376, was grandfather of Richard Pigott of Butley who married the heiress of Peshall." [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pickett research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1333, 1657, 1686, 1719, 1777, 1720, 1796, 1640 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Pickett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pickett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Pickett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pickett or a variant listed above:

Pickett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Pickett, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Susan Pickett, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Elizabeth Pickett, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • Ell Pickett, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Christopher Pickett, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Pickett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J W Pickett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • William Pickett, who arrived in Mississippi in 1875

Pickett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes Pickett, aged 33, who landed in America from Sydney, England, in 1907
  • Arthur H. Pickett, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Turnbridge Wells, England, in 1907
  • Cecil Pickett, aged 9, who landed in America from Sydney, England, in 1907
  • Arthur N. Pickett, aged 25, who landed in America from Turnbridge Well, England, in 1908
  • Annie Bertha Pickett, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1911

Pickett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francis Pickett, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Giles Pickett, aged 41, arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774

Pickett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Amelia Pickett, aged 27, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"
  • William Pickett, aged 25, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"

Pickett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Pickett, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Ann Pickett, aged 34, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Ellen Pickett, aged 14, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Mary Pickett, aged 16, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • William Pickett arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Shepherd" in 1870


  • Lucy Weston Pickett (1904-1997), American chemist and zoologist
  • David Pickett (1874-1950), American outfielder in Major League Baseball
  • Cecil Lee "Ricky" Pickett (b. 1970), former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • Charles Albert Pickett (1883-1969), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Owen Bradford Pickett (1930-2010), Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Thomas Augustus Pickett (1906-1980), United States Representative representing Texas's 7th congressional district
  • Rex Pickett (b. 1956), American writer best known for his popular novel Sideways
  • Tim Pickett (b. 1981), American professional basketball player
  • Jay Pickett (b. 1961), American actor
  • Ryan Lamont Pickett (b. 1979), National Football League defensive lineman



  • Pickett Cousins: a 350 Year History by Patricia F. Hunter.

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: Tout foys prest
Motto Translation: Always ready.


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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Pickett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pickett 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 28 August 2015 at 10:37.

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