Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Pighill is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Haworth, Yorkshire
. The surname Pighill originally derived from the Old English word Pightel.
Pighill is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Pighill family
The surname Pighill was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Pighill family
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Pighill Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Pighill has been spelled many different ways, including Pickles, Pickel, Pickle, Pykelworthe, Pickleworth and others.
Early Notables of the Pighill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pighill family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Pighills to arrive in North America: Thomas Pickles settled in Philadelphia in 1866.