The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Picton 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,
meaning enclosure or settlement.
Early Origins of the Picton family
The surname Picton 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. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Picton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Picton research.Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1755 and 1836 are included under the topic Early Picton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Picton Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Pichetone, Pichtone, Pickton, Picton and others.
Early Notables of the Picton 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... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Picton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Picton family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Picton or a variant listed above:
Picton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Margaret Picton, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1735
Picton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles J. Picton, aged 33, a railway signalman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
- Charlotte Picton, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
- Alice Picton, aged 4 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Picton (post 1700)
- Jacob Glyndwr Glyn Picton, American Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry concerning Industrial and Staff Canteens Wages Council, and Senior Lecturer, Industrial Economics, University of Birmingham
- Sir James Allanson Picton (1805-1889), English antiquary and architect
- James Allanson Picton (1832-1910), British independent minister, author and Liberal politician from Liverpoool
- Edith Picton (1872-1960), Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom
- Muriel Picton (b. 1930), captained the Australia national women's cricket team on four occasions
- James Allanson Picton (1832-1910), British independent minister, author and Liberal politician
- Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton GCB (1758-1815), Welsh military leader