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The name Pickles has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Haworth, Yorkshire. The surname Pickles originally derived from the Old English word Pightel. Pickles 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 Pickles 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.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Pickles have been found, including Pickles, Pickel, Pickle, Pykelworthe, Pickleworth and others.


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

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

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Pickles, or a variant listed above:

Pickles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jonas Pickles, who arrived in New England in 1657

Pickles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Matthew Pickles, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846
  • Thomas Pickles settled in Philadelphia in 1866

Pickles Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John C Pickles, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • Mary Ann Pickles, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Pickles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Pickles arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840

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  • Samuel Pickles, American Republican politician, Mayor of Jackson, Michigan, 1902-04
  • Judge James Pickles (1925-2010), English Circuit judge from Halifax, West Yorkshire who was associated with many controversial decisions
  • Vivian Pickles (b. 1931), English actress who has appeared with the such notable actors as Roger Moore and Peter O'Toole
  • Carolyn Pickles (b. 1952), English actress from Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, best known for her role as Shelly Williams in the ITV series Emmerdale
  • Wilfred Pickles OBE (1904-1978), English actor and radio presenter
  • Mr. Arthur Pickles (d. 1941), British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Eric Pickles (b. 1952), British Conservative politician


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The Pickles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pickles 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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