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Pidgeon is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Pidgeon family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Pidgeon comes from the ancient and forgotten given name Prujean.

Pidgeon Early Origins



The surname Pidgeon was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Pidgeon Spelling Variations


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Pidgeon Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Pidgeon were recorded, including Pigeon, Pidgeon and others.

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Pidgeon Early History


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Pidgeon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pidgeon research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pidgeon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pidgeon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pidgeon Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Pidgeon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Pidgeon arrived in North America very early:

Pidgeon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Pidgeon, who landed in New England in 1718
  • John and Mary Pidgeon settled in Virginia in 1728
  • Henry Pidgeon, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

Pidgeon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter and John Pidgeon settled in Philadelphia in 1806
  • Michael Pidgeon, who arrived in Mississippi in 1854
  • Mrs. Francis Pidgeon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1875

Pidgeon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Pidgeon arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Caroline Coventry" in 1869

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pidgeon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pidgeon (post 1700)



  • Jose E. Pidgeon, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 17th District, 1920
  • Harry Pidgeon (1869-1954), American sailor, was the second solo person to circumnavigate the world
  • William John Gilmour Pidgeon (1947-2016), British journalist, author, music historian
  • Walter Davis Pidgeon (1897-1984), Canadian actor, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his many movie roles
  • Rebecca Pidgeon (b. 1965), Scottish actress, singer and songwriter, and the wife of playwright David Mamet
  • The Very Reverend George C. Pidgeon (1872-1971), Canadian minister
  • Emily Pidgeon (b. 1989), English athlete
  • William Edwin Wep Pidgeon (b. 1909), Australian cartoonist

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Pidgeon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pidgeon 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.

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