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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.

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The surname Pickle was 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.

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.


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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.

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

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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

Pickle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. John Pickle Jr., U.E. (b. 1772) born in Tryon County, New York USA from Williamsborough, Tryon County, New York, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783 he served in the King's Royal Regiment of New York 2nd Battalion as a Drummer
  • Mr. Nicholas Pickle U.E. (b. 1750) who settled in Upham Parish, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1848
  • Private. John Pickle Sr., U.E. (b. 1745) born in Germany from Williamsborough, Tryon County, New York, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1786, he resettled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario he enlisted in 1780 serving in the King's Royal Regiment of New York 2nd Battalion, married to Mary Anne having 5 children, he died in 1803

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  • 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


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  • 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.

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