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Pidgeon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, French


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.

Early Origins of the Pidgeon family


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.

Early History of the Pidgeon family


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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.

Early Notables of the Pidgeon family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Pidgeon family to the New World and Oceana


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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John and Mary Pidgeon, who settled in Virginia in 1728
  • Henry Pidgeon, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Pidgeon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter and John Pidgeon, who settled in Philadelphia in 1806
  • Michael Pidgeon, who arrived in Mississippi in 1854 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Mrs. Francis Pidgeon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1875 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Pidgeon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Patrick Pidgeon, aged 26 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Wolfville" departing 25th April 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but he died on board [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 92)

Pidgeon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

Contemporary Notables of the name Pidgeon (post 1700)


  • Harry Pidgeon (1869-1954), American sailor, was the second solo person to circumnavigate the world
  • Jose E. Pidgeon, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 17th District, 1920 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 92)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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