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

Picou Early Origins



The surname Picou 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.

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Picou Spelling Variations


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Picou 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 Picou 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.

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Picou Early History


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Picou Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Picou research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1813, 1862 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Picou History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Picou Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Picou Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Picou Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. 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 Picou 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 Picou were Jacques Picot, who settled in Montreal in 1652; Robert Picot, who arrived in Quebec in 1653; Elias Picot, who arrived in Boston in 1723; Jean Picot, who settled in Canada in 1731.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Picou (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Picou (post 1700)



  • Alphonse Floristan Picou (1878-1961), important American very early jazz clarinetist
  • Jean Picou (b. 1963), French International skier
  • Jacques Picou (b. 1952), French professional footballer
  • Henri-Pierre Picou (1824-1895), French painter

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Citations



    Other References

    1. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 10 November 2015 at 10:28.

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