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Pierpoint is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pierpoint family lived in Sussex. Their name, however, is a reference to Pierrepont, near St. Sauveur in the Cotentin, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Pierpoint Early Origins



The surname Pierpoint was first found in Sussex where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were from Pierrepont near St. Sauveur in the Cotentin in Normandy. Reginald, Geoffrey and Robert Pierpont accompanied William into England and were granted lands in Suffolk and 9,000 acres in Sussex under the Earl Warren. The family it seemed had extensive property and holdings from an early date as seen by this account: "Robert de Pierrepoint was a person of such extensive property that being made a prisoner fighting on the side of King Henry III at the Battle of Lewes [1264], he was forced to give security for the payment of then great sum of seven hundred marks for his ransom." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
In England, the mark never appeared as a coin but was a unit of account and was worth about 160 pence shortly after the Conquest. Based on a value of two-thirds of a pound, and converting to the price of silver, the ransom was about 267 dollars x 700 = Pierpoint186,900 USD in today's value.

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Pierpoint Spelling Variations


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Pierpoint Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pierpoint include Pierrponte, Pierrepont, Pierrpont, Pierrponte, Pierreponte, Pierpont, Pierponte, Pierrpoint, Pierrpointe, Pierpoint, Pierpointe, Pearpont, Pearpoint, Pearpointe, Perpoint, Perpointe and many more.

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Pierpoint Early History


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Pierpoint Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pierpoint research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1452, 1546, 1615, 1662, 1690, 1655, 1726, 1607, 1680, 1607, 1678, 1640, 1660, 1659, 1640, 1645, 1652, 1638, 1681, 1660, 1685, 1659, 1714, 1649, 1715, 1698 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Pierpoint History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pierpoint Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pierpoint Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Pierrepont (died 1452), MP for Nottinghamshire; Henry Pierrepont (1546-1615), English MP for Nottinghamshire; William Pierrepont, 4th Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull ( c. 1662-1690), British peer and Member of Parliament; Evelyn Pierrepont, 5th Earl and 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull (c. 1655-1726), Member of Parliament for...

Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pierpoint 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



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Pierpoints to arrive on North American shores:

Pierpoint Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Pierpoint, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 with his wife Elizabeth and their five children

Pierpoint Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Pierpoint, who came to Maryland or Virginia in 1718

Pierpoint Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Pierpoint, who landed in New York, NY in 1817

Pierpoint Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Pierpoint, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pierpoint (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pierpoint (post 1700)



  • Robert Pierpoint (1791-1864), American politician and lawyer who served as Lieutenant Governor of Vermont (1848 to 1850)
  • Powell Pierpoint (1922-1998), United States lawyer, General Counsel of the Army from 1961 to 1963
  • Robert Pierpoint (1925-2011), American broadcast journalist who worked for CBS News
  • Eric Pierpoint (b. 1950), American actor
  • Francis P. Pierpoint, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1868
  • Folliott Sandford Pierpoint (1835-1917), English hymnist and poet
  • Thomas Pierpoint (1789-1849), English professional cricketer
  • Charles Joseph Pierpoint (b. 1795), English amateur cricketer
  • Richard "Captain Dick" Pierpoint (1744-1837), African born slave who was captured and sold as a slave when he was sixteen; he rose to prominence to found the Pierpoint Settlement, Niagara, Canada
  • Roy Pierpoint (b. 1929), British racing driver

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Pierpoint Historic Events


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Pierpoint Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Detective-Inspector William John Pierpoint, English 1st Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pie ripone te
Motto Translation: In pious confidence.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Pierpoint Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pierpoint 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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