Pierpont History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Pierpont is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pierpont 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. 
Early Origins of the Pierpont family
The surname Pierpont 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."  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 = Pierpont186,900 USD in today's value.
Important Dates for the Pierpont family
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Pierpont Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Pierrponte, Pierrepont, Pierrpont, Pierrponte, Pierreponte, Pierpont, Pierponte, Pierrpoint, Pierrpointe, Pierpoint, Pierpointe, Pearpont, Pearpoint, Pearpointe, Perpoint, Perpointe and many more.
Early Notables of the Pierpont 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 East Retford; Henry Pierrepont, 1st Marquess of Dorchester (1607-1680), English peer; William Pierrepont (c. 1607-1678), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1640 and...
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Pierpont migration to the United States
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Pierpont name or one of its variants:
Pierpont Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Pierpont, who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1648
- John Pierpont, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1652 
- Robert Pierpont, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1675 
Pierpont Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hiacinthe Pierpont, who settled in Louisiana in 1720
Pierpont Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Pierpont, aged 51, who landed in New York in 1812 
Pierpont migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pierpont Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- James Pierpont, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
Contemporary Notables of the name Pierpont (post 1700)
- James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893), American songwriter, arranger, organist, and composer, best known for writing and composing "Jingle Bells"
- James P. Pierpont (1866-1938), American mathematician
- Francis Harrison Pierpont (1814-1899), American Union leader in Virginia during the American Civil War
- John Pierpont (1785-1866), American poet
- Ross Zimmerman Pierpont (1917-2005), American politician, Representative from Maryland, 1970, 1984, 1986, 1988; Republican Candidate for Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, 1971 
- Robert Pierpont (b. 1828), American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 15th District, 1867 
- Giles Pierpont Jr., American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Haven, 1826 
- Ebenezer Pierpont, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Haven, 1827-28 
- David A. Pierpont, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1874, 1878, 1882, 1884 
- Daniel Pierpont, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Haven, 1821-22, 1824 
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