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The name Piggott arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Piggott comes from the Old English given name Picot or Pigot. The surname Piggott was originally derived from the Old English word pic, meaning a hill with a sharp point at its top, and would originally have indicated that its bearer lived near such a landmark.


The surname Piggott was first found in Cheshire and Cambridgeshire where Picot of Cambridge (c.10221090), born in Saye, Normandy, was a Norman landowner and rose to become Sheriff of Cambridgeshire (c. 1071-1090.) His son Robert, became implicated in a conspiracy against King Henry I, fled the country and the family estates were forfeit. Another reference claims "the family originally came from Cheshire; William Pigott of Butley in the parish of Prestbury in that county, who died in 1376, was grandfather of Richard Pigott of Butley who married the heiress of Peshall." [1]

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Pigott, Piggot, Piggett, Piggott, Piggot, Pigot, Picot and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piggott research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1333, 1630, 1657, 1686, 1719, 1777, 1720, 1796, 1640 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Piggott History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Piggott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Piggott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Piggott or a variant listed above:

Piggott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William and Walter Piggott settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Walter Piggott, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Wm Piggott, aged 50, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Piggott, who landed in Maryland in 1673

Piggott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Piggott, who landed in America in 1765
  • Ralph Piggott, who arrived in America in 1774
  • Ralph Piggott settled in Virginia in 1774

Piggott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Piggott, who arrived in Colorado in 1888

Piggott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Piggott, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Piggott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Piggott, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"
  • Richard Piggott, aged 28, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • Susan Piggott, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • George H. Piggott, aged 11, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849

Piggott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Piggott, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Piggott, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865


  • Emeline Piggott (1836-1919), Confederate spy from North Carolina
  • David C. Piggott, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Bountiful, Utah, 1989
  • Lester Keith Piggott (b. 1935), retired English professional jockey with 4, 493 career wins, known as "The Long Fellow"
  • Robert Piggott, English philanthropist, founder of The Piggott School, in Wargrave, Berkshire, England
  • Sir Francis Taylor Piggott (1852-1925), British jurist and author, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong
  • Maxwell Ian "Max" Piggott (1920-2010), Australian rules footballer
  • Ernest Keith Piggott (1904-1993), British leading jump jockey and National-winning trainer, son of Ernie Piggott
  • Ernest "Ernie" Piggott (1878-1967), British jump racing jockey, three-time Champion Jockey and three-time Grand National winner
  • Jim Piggott, Canadian founder of the WHL's Saskatoon Blades, eponym of the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
  • Alan Derek Piggott MBE (b. 1922), Britain's best glider pilot and instructor



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: Tout foys prest
Motto Translation: Always ready.


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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

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  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Piggott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Piggott 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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