Pierrpount History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Pierrpount is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pierrpount 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]

Early Origins of the Pierrpount family

The surname Pierrpount 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] 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 = Pierrpount186,900 USD in today's value.

Important Dates for the Pierrpount family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pierrpount research. Another 90 words (6 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 Pierrpount History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pierrpount Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Pierrponte, Pierrepont, Pierrpont, Pierrponte, Pierreponte, Pierpont, Pierponte, Pierrpoint, Pierrpointe, Pierpoint, Pierpointe, Pearpont, Pearpoint, Pearpointe, Perpoint, Perpointe and many more.

Early Notables of the Pierrpount 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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Migration of the Pierrpount family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Pierrpount or a variant listed above were: Robert Pierpont, who came to Ipswich, MA in 1648; Henry Pierpoint, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 with his wife Elizabeth and their five children; John Pierpoint, who came to Maryland or Virginia in 1718.

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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.
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