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The ancient roots of the Pinchbeck family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Pinchbeck comes from when the family lived in the parish of Pinchbeck located in the county of Lincolnshire.

Early Origins of the Pinchbeck family

The surname Pinchbeck was first found in Lincolnshire where one of the first records of the family was Walter Pyncebeck (fl. 1333), and English monk from Pinchbeck. "He became a monk of Bury St. Edmunds, and was there at the time of the great riot in 1327." [1]

Early History of the Pinchbeck family

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Pinchbeck 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 Pinchbeck has appeared include Pinchbeck, Pinchbank, Pinchback and others.

Early Notables of the Pinchbeck family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Christopher Pinchbeck (c.1670-1732), a London clockmaker and maker of musical Automata. He invented the copper and zinc alloy called after his name. "The family doubtless sprang from a small town call...
  • Pinchbeck took out three patents: the first (No. 892), granted in 1768, was for an improved candlestick, with a spring socket for holding the candle firmly; the second in 1768 was for his 'nocturnal r...
  • His eldest son, Edward Pinchbeck (fl. 1732), succeeded to his father's business as did Christopher Pinchbeck (1710-1783) who became King's Clockmaker by appointment to George III

United States Pinchbeck migration to the United States +

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 Pinchbeck arrived in North America very early:

Pinchbeck Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Albert A. Pinchbeck, aged 39, who landed in America from Yorkshire, England, in 1910
  • Reginald Pinchbeck, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Olaf Pinchbeck, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924

Canada Pinchbeck migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pinchbeck Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alice Pinchbeck, aged 34, who settled in Nelsen, BC, in 1905
  • John Henry Pinchbeck, aged 35, who immigrated to Nelsen, BC, in 1905

Contemporary Notables of the name Pinchbeck (post 1700) +

  • Valjean A. Pinchbeck (1931-2004), American football executive
  • Daniel Pinchbeck (b. 1966), American writer and advocate of psychedelic drugs
  • Clifford Brian Pinchbeck (b. 1925), former English footballer
  • Christopher Pinchbeck (1670-1732), London clockmaker and maker of musical Automata
  • William Pinchbeck (1831-1883), British pioneer, one of the original settlers in the Cariboo region of British Columbia

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook