Picon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Picon family name derives from the Old French personal name Picot, or Pigot.

Early Origins of the Picon family

The surname Picon was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat at Beauchesne, and as the line was the main stem of this aristocratic family which would emerge as Viscounts d'Vaulogé, it was there that branches were formed in Brittany, Maine and Austria. They were originally from Picot de Saio in Normandy and were recorded there in 1086.

Important Dates for the Picon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Picon research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1813, 1862 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Picon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Picon Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Picon is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Picot, Picott, Picotte, Pickot, Picout, Picoud, Picque, Picquet, Picquot and many more.

Early Notables of the Picon family (pre 1700)

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Picon migration to the United States

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Picon has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Picon were

Picon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Martin Picon, who landed in America in 1814 [1]
  • Francisco Picon, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1835 [1]
  • Lucas Picon, who arrived in Guatemala in 1838 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Picon (post 1700)

  • Molly Picon (1898-1992), born Malka Opiekun, an American actress of stage, screen and television, best known for her role in Yidl Mitn Fidl (1936)
  • Dominic E. Picon, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 4th District, 1922 [2]
  • Antoine Picon, French Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Co-Director of Doctoral Programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Gaëtan Picon (1915-1976), French essayist and art critic


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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