The name Pickitt reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is based on the Old English given name Picot
The surname Pickitt 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.
Early Origins of the Pickitt family
The surname Pickitt was first found in Cheshire
where Picot of Cambridge (c.1022–1090), 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Pickitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pickitt research.Another 324 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1333, 1645, 1697, 1720, 1713, 1734, 1630, 1657, 1686, 1719, 1777, 1720, 1796, 1640 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Pickitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pickitt Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Pickitt has been recorded under many different variations, including Pigott, Piggot, Piggett, Piggott, Piggot, Pigot, Picot and many more.
Early Notables of the Pickitt family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Pigot (Pigott, Piggott) (1657-1686), an English cleric, academic and Fellow of the Royal Society; George Pigot, 1st Baron
Pigot (1719-1777), former... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pickitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pickitt family to Ireland
Some of the Pickitt family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 94 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pickitt family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Pickitts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: William Piggett who settled in Virginia in 1654; John Piggot settled in Virginia in 1654; Alexander Piggot settled in Barbados in 1745; William and Walter Piggott settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Pickitt 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: Tout foys prest
Motto Translation: Always ready.