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
in 1066. 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)
Early Origins of the Pierpoint family
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 , he was forced to give security for the payment of then great sum of seven hundred
marks for his ransom." CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
, 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.
Early History of the Pierpoint family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Pierpoint family (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.
Migration of the Pierpoint family to the New World and Oceana
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 settled in Maryland or Virginia in 1718
Pierpoint Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Pierpoint, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 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)
Pierpoint Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- James Pierpoint, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- 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
Historic Events for the Pierpoint family
HMS Royal Oak
- Verdun Loos James Pierpoint (1917-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
- Detective-Inspector William John Pierpoint, English 1st Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
The Pierpoint 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.