Origins Available: English
The name Pikes is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a person who made or worked with a pickaxe
as a agricultural or excavating tool. Occupational
names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
Early Origins of the Pikes family
The surname Pikes was first found in Devon
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 Pikes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pikes research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1706, 1635, 1692 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Pikes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pikes Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Pikes include Pike, Pyke and others.
Early Notables of the Pikes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pikes family to Ireland
Some of the Pikes family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pikes family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Pikes were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Pikes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Pikes, who landed in Maryland in 1664 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)