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The name Pickford belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the parish of Pitchford found in Shropshire.

Pickford Early Origins



The surname Pickford was first found in Shropshire at Pitchford, a small village and parish, in the union of Atcham, hundred of Condover where the village derives its name from the strong pitchy smell that emanates from the oily substance that frequently covers the surface of the water. Hence the place means "ford near a place where pitch if found," from the Old English words "pic" + "ford." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The Domesday Book of 1086 lists the place as Piceforde [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and also lists Pitchford Hall as "Edric, and Leofric and Wulfric held it as thress manors; they were free." Today Pitchford Hall is a large Grade I listed Tudor country house that was mostly rebuilt c. 1560. Portions of the Roman Watling Street runs through the grounds. Early records show that Geoffrey de Pykeford, a crusader, was Lord of the Manor from 1272. He also built the local church of St Michael, which contains an oak effigy of him.

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Pickford Spelling Variations


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Pickford Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Pickford include Pickford, Pitchford, Picford, Pichford, Pitford and others.

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Pickford Early History


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Pickford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pickford research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pickford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pickford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pickford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Pickford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Pickford were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Pickford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Susan Pickford, who came to Barbados in 1659
  • Mary Pickford, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 with her husband

Pickford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Pickford, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1725
  • Mark Pickford, who settled in Maryland in 1737

Pickford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Pickford, aged 28, landed in New York in 1812
  • Isaac and John Pickford, who both arrived in New York in 1820
  • John Pickford, who arrived in Mississippi in 1844

Pickford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Pickford, aged 33, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett"

Pickford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Rosa E. Pickford, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rimutaka" in 1885

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pickford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pickford (post 1700)



  • Jack Pickford (1896-1933), Canadian-born American actor, brother of filmstar Mary Pickford
  • Thomas H. Pickford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1912, 1916
  • Cornelius R. B. Pickford, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Cebu, 1884
  • Martin Pickford (b. 1943), English paleontologist
  • William Pickford PC (1848-1923), 1st Baron Sterndale, British lawyer and judge, Lord Justice of Appeal between 1914 and 1918
  • The Honourable Mary Ada Pickford CBE (1884-1934), British politician, industrialist and historian
  • Lottie Pickford (1893-1936), Canadian-born silent film actress, socialite, and sister to Mary Pickford
  • Kevin Patrick Pickford (b. 1975), retired Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Mary Pickford (1892-1979), born Glayds Louise Smith, Canadian Academy Award-winning motion picture star, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. 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.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Pickford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pickford 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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