The ancestors of the name Pikering date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the parish of Pickering found in the North Riding of Yorkshire
. Pikering is a habitation
name that was originally derived from the pre-existing name for a parish. It was originally derived from the Old English word Picora
which referred to those individuals who lived at the edge of a hill.
Early Origins of the Pikering family
The surname Pikering was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire
at Pickering, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in Pickering lythe. "The origin of this place is said to be very remote, being dated by tradition 270 years before the commencement of the Christian era, and ascribed to Peridurus, a British king, who was interred here, on the brow of a hill called Rawcliff. According to local
tradition, also, its name is derived from the circumstance of a ring having been lost by the founder whilst washing in the river Costa, and subsequently found in the belly of a pike." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Some of the earliest records of the family were Sir James Pickering ( fl. 1383), Speaker of the House of Commons, was son of Sir John Pickering of Killington, Westmorland. The family had been established at Killington since 1260. Thomas Pickering (died 1475) was an early English genealogist and was presumably a native of Pickering, Yorkshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
Early History of the Pikering family
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Pikering Spelling Variations
Pikering has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Pikering have been found, including Puckering, Pickering, Pykering, Pikering and others.
Early Notables of the Pikering family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Puckering (1544-1596), an English lawyer, politician, Speaker of the English House of Commons, and Lord Keeper from 1592 until his death; Sir Gilbert Pickering, 1st Baronet
(1611-1668), a regicide, a member of the English Council of State during the Protectorate of... Another 106 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pikering Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pikering family to Ireland
Some of the Pikering family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Pikering family to the New World and Oceana
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 Pikerings to arrive on North American shores: George Pickering who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; along with John; John Pickering settled in Virginia in 1653; Samuel Pickering settled in Nova Scotia in 1774.