Picknell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Picknell family

The surname Picknell was first found in London where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1192 when Richard and Walter Spigurnell held estates and were presumably the King's notaries.

Early History of the Picknell family

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Picknell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Spikernell, Spikernall, Spigurnall, Spigurnell, Spicknell, Spiknell, Spingle, Pickernel, Pickernell, Espickernell, Espycurnell, Spikenell, Spyngournel and many more.

Early Notables of the Picknell family (pre 1700)

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United States Picknell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Picknell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Picknell, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [1]

Australia Picknell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Picknell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Philip Picknell, British Convict who was convicted in Chatham, Kent, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 8th April 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

New Zealand Picknell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Picknell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward B. Picknell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Susannah Picknell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Emma Picknell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • William Picknell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Ellen Picknell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Picknell (post 1700) +

  • Kurt Picknell, American police officer, Walworth County Sheriff, Wisconsin in 2018
  • William Lamb Picknell (1853-1897), American painter of landscapes, coastal views, and figure genres from Hinesburg, Vermont
  • Charles Picknell, English sailor on the female-convict ship Kains that sailed to Van Diemen's Land in 1830; his diary included a reference to the Liverpool folk song Maggie May or Maggie Mae
  • George Picknell (1813-1863), English cricketer who played for Sussex from 1835 to 1854
  • Robert Picknell (1816-1869), English cricketer, a right-handed batsman, born at Chalvington, Sussex


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/countess-of-harcourt


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