The name Piggin was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Piggin family lived in Northampton
. Their name, however, is a reference to Picquigny,
in Somme, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early Origins of the Piggin family
The surname Piggin was first found in Northampton
where the family claim descent from Gilo de Pincheni, who lived in the reign of Henry I. He was granted by the monks of St. Lucien in France lands at Wedon. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Wulfhere, the first Christian king of Mercia, had a palace here, which, after his death, was converted by his daughter Werburgh into a nunnery, of which she became abbess, and which was destroyed by the Danes in the ninth century. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Ansculfus de Pinchengi was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as holding lands in Berkshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Piggin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piggin research.Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1303, 1599 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Piggin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Piggin Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Piggin are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Piggin include Pinkney, Pinckney, Pinkley, Pinkly, Pinkie and others.
Early Notables of the Piggin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Piggin family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Piggin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Piggin, aged 35, a bricklayer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 2nd August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Calabar 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstuart1853.shtml.