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The surname Pigpen was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1470 when Thomas Huckebone appeared on the tax rolls for that shire.
Pigpen has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Hogbin, Hockbin, Hockben, Hogben, Pigpen, Pigbin, Pickburn, Pickbourn, Pickborne, Pigben and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pigpen research. Another 291 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1440, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Pigpen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Pigpen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pigpens to arrive on North American shores: John Hogben, who settled in Maryland in 1674.
The Pigpen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pigpen 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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