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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. [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)


Pierpont Early Origins



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 [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 = Pierpont186,900 USD in today's value.

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Pierpont Spelling Variations


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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.

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Pierpont Early History


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Pierpont Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pierpont 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 Pierpont History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pierpont Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pierpont 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 Pierpont 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



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 came to 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 came to Louisiana in 1720

Pierpont Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Pierpont, aged 51, landed in New York in 1812

Pierpont Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Pierpont, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pierpont (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pierpont (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Arthur E. Pierpont, American politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 35th Circuit, 1948
  • Wallace J. Pierpont, American politician, Mayor of Savannah, Georgia, 1915-19
  • James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893), American songwriter, arranger, organist, and composer, best known for writing and composing "Jingle Bells"
  • Francis Harrison Pierpont (1814-1899), American Union leader in Virginia during the American Civil War
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  11. ...

The Pierpont Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pierpont 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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