Pickton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Pickton is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Pickton family lived in Flintshire, now part the county of Clwyd, Wales, at Picton. Their name is derived from the Old English words pic, meaning a hill with a sharp point, and tun, meaning enclosure or settlement.
Early Origins of the Pickton family
The surname Pickton was first found in Flintshire where they held a family seat from ancient times as Lords of the manor of Picton. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, Picton was held by Robert of Rhuddlan, a Norman noble, and was a small hamlet. Conjecturally this distinguished family are descended from Robert. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Pickton, a township, in the parish of KirkLeavington, union of Stockton, W. division of the liberty of Langbaurgh in Yorkshire. "This place, sometimes written Pyketon (Peak-town), belonged in the reign of Edward I. to a family of the same name. " 
Early History of the Pickton family
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Pickton Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Pichetone, Pichtone, Pickton, Picton and others.
Early Notables of the Pickton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John of Picton Castle; and Cesar Picton (c.1755-1836), who went from slave to successful businessman in England. As a slave, he was presented as a...
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Pickton migration to the United States +
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pickton or a variant listed above:
Pickton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Pickton, who landed in New England in 1687 
Pickton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Pickton who settled in Maryland in 1725
Pickton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Pickton, who arrived in New York in 1838 
- John Pickton, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1841
- James Pickton, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)