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

The ancestors of the name Pickle date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Haworth, Yorkshire. The surname Pickle originally derived from the Old English word Pightel. Pickle is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.


Pickle has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Pickles, Pickel, Pickle, Pykelworthe, Pickleworth and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pickle research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pickle History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Pickle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Pickles to arrive on North American shores:

Pickle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jane Pickle, who landed in Virginia in 1712
  • Jerricks Felder Pickle, aged 32, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johan Philop Pickle, aged 16, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Christopher Pickle, aged 48, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Ludwick Pickle, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1755


  • Louise Pickle, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1940, 1944
  • James Jarrell Pickle (1913-2005), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Texas 10th District, 1963-95


  • The Pickle Family Circus by Terry Lorant.

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The Pickle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pickle 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 20 October 2015 at 11:03.

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