The Picq family name derives from the Old French personal name
Picot, or Pigot.
Early Origins of the Picq family
The surname Picq 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.
Early History of the Picq family
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Picq Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Picq, including Picot, Picott, Picotte, Pickot, Picout, Picoud, Picque, Picquet, Picquot and many more.
Early Notables of the Picq family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Picq family to the New World and Oceana
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 Picq 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 Picq 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Picq (post 1700)
- Charles Le Picq (1744-1806), influential French dancer and choreographer
- Stéphane Picq (b. 1965), French composer of computer game music
- Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant du Picq, French colonel and military theorist