Pickins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pickins family

The surname Pickins was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages. The name is generally understood to be an occupational name for someone who used a pick or made picks for use in the many agricultural areas of this county and adjacent ones. The name was originally derived from the Middle English work "pik." However, the name could also have been derived from the Norman French personal name "Picon." Further south in England, the name could also have been a local name, derived from locals like Langdale Pikes.

Important Dates for the Pickins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pickins research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1590, 1621, 1624, 1769, and 1816 are included under the topic Early Pickins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pickins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pick, Picke, Pickin, Picken, Pickins, Pickens, Pickon, Pickons, Pike and many more.

Early Notables of the Pickins family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pickins family to Ireland

Some of the Pickins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pickins migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pickins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Pickins, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pickins (post 1700)

  • Cliff Pickins, American politician, Mayor of Midwest City, Oklahoma, 1952 [2]


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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