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The ancient roots of the Pilkington family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Pilkington comes from when the family lived in Pilkington, a manor in the parish of Prestwick, Lancashire. There seems to be two early distinct entries of the various derivations of the name: William Pylk who was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1303; Peter Pylke who was listed in the Sussex Rolls of 1332 and from these an early Old English entry of Pileca which while being unrecorded was nevertheless found in Pilkington Lancashire. The other distinct origin included Alexander de Pilkington de Pilkington in 1205; and John Pylkyngton in 1470. Both origins point to the aforementioned town in Lancashire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Pilkington Early Origins



The surname Pilkington was first found in Lancashire at Pilkington, a township in the parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, hundred of Salford. This distinguished Saxon family held a family seat in Lancashire since before the Norman invasion, traditionally escaping after the Battle of Hastings by posing as a thresher and hiding in a barn under hay and the flail hit first on one side and then the other, hence their motto 'Now thus, now thus' and the Family Crest of a mower." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
However, Shirley presumes that "the more probable scene of this event, where four knights of the family were in arms on the part of Richard III [at the Battle of Bosworth.]" Shirley continues, "A right ancient family, gentlemen of repute in the county before the Conquest." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Another source phrases the early family history similarly: "A branch of the Pilkington family early became the principal proprietors, and few families in the county are more closely interwoven with its history than the members of this knightly house. The battle of Bosworth-Field proved almost as fatal to the fortunes of the parent stock of the Pilkingtons, as to the power of the royal tyrant Richard: and in the grant made by Henry VII. under the great seal, to Thomas, Earl of Derby, of divers manors and lands in Lancashire, forfeited by Sir Thomas Pilkington, was this manor. " [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The ecclesiastical district of Stand in Lancashire was home to another ancient branch of the family. "An old Hall of the Pilkington family, generally known as Stand Hall, whence the place derived its name, existed so recently as 1845, when it was taken down: on the foundation stone was the date 1518. This structure was erected by the Earl of Derby, to whom the manor of Pilkington had been granted by Henry VII. after the battle of BosworthField; and the building is traditionally reported to have been five stories high, but reduced many years ago to its late elevation of three stories, the highest of the three being elaborately ornamented by the crests of the earls of Derby, the eagle and child, and the legs of Man." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Pilkington Spelling Variations


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Pilkington Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Pilkington has appeared include Pilkington, Pilkinton and others.

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Pilkington Early History


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Pilkington Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pilkington research. Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1576, 1561, 1576, 1527, 1599, 1561, 1562, 1561, 1564, 1565, 1638 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Pilkington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pilkington Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pilkington Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include James Pilkington (1520-1576), Bishop of Durham from 1561 until 1576; Leonard Pilkington (1527-1599) was an English academic and clergyman, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge (1561-1562)...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pilkington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pilkington In Ireland


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Pilkington In Ireland



Some of the Pilkington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pilkington arrived in North America very early:

Pilkington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Pilkington, who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Margaret Pilkington and her husband, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Pilkington, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Margret Pilkington, aged 23, landed in Maryland in 1684

Pilkington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Pilkington, who arrived in Virginia in 1713

Pilkington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry W Pilkington, who landed in America in 1811
  • Edward Pilkington, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Robert Pilkington, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Docter, Adam, Jonathon, Joseph, Lawrence, and William Pilkington, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Pilkington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Anne Pilkington, aged 50, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • William Pilkington, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
  • Richard Pilkington, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Jane Pilkington, aged 15, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Sarah Pilkington, aged 14, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pilkington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Pilkington, aged 33, a skinner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Anne Pilkington, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Edmond Pilkington arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pilkington (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pilkington (post 1700)



  • Jackie Pilkington, known as Irish Jackie Pilkington, American professional boxer in the Lightweight division
  • Charles Francis "Charlie" Pilkington (b. 1897), nicknamed The Meridan Flash, American Featherweight professional boxer, older brother of "Irish" Jackie Pilkington
  • J. E. Pilkington, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Baltimore city 3rd District, 1865-66
  • Matthew Pilkington (1701-1774), English author of a standard text on painters, known as Pilkington's Dictionary
  • Mark Pilkington (b. 1973), English writer, publisher, curator and musician
  • Joel Thomas Pilkington (b. 1984), English footballer who currently plays for Ramsbottom United
  • James Pilkington, English BAFTA Award nominated film director
  • William Henry "Harry" Pilkington (1905-1983), Baron Pilkington, an English glass manufacturer and former President of the Federation of British Industries, Chancellor of Loughborough University from 1966 to 1980
  • Daniel Luke "Danny" Pilkington (b. 1990), English semi-professional footballer
  • Dianne Lesley Pilkington (b. 1975), English theatre actress and singer
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Pilkington Historic Events


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Pilkington Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Pilkington, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  11. ...

The Pilkington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pilkington 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.

This page was last modified on 27 November 2016 at 18:18.

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