Pinkerton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pinkerton family

The surname Pinkerton was first found in East Lothian where they held a family seat from ancient times at Pinkerton in the barony of Dunbar in that shire.

Early History of the Pinkerton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinkerton research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1483, 1494, 1551, 1552, 1612, 1621, 1649, 1667, 1793, and 1812 are included under the topic Early Pinkerton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pinkerton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pinkerton, Pinksten, Pinksen, Pinkston, Pinkertown, Pinkertoun, Pinkertoune, Pincartoune, Pincartoun, Penkarton and many more.

Early Notables of the Pinkerton family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Pinkerton family to Ireland

Some of the Pinkerton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Pinkerton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pinkerton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Pinkerton, who landed in Georgia in 1732 [1]
Pinkerton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Pinkerton, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John Pinkerton, aged 48, who landed in Maine in 1812 [1]
  • I. Pinkerton and his wife who settled in Baltimore in 1820
  • Sheriff Pinkerton, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1828
  • Matthew Pinkerton, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Pinkerton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pinkerton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Pinkerton, (b. 1838), aged 36, Scottish joiner, from Lanark travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [2]
  • Mrs. Catherine Pinkerton, (b. 1836), aged 38, Scottish settler, from Lanark travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [2]
  • Miss Alexandrina Pinkerton, (b. 1868), aged 6, Scottish settler, from Lanark travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pinkerton (post 1700) +

  • Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884), Scottish-born, American detective and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton National Detective Agency
  • Mike "Pink" Pinkerton, American software developer working on the Mozilla browsers
  • Jay Pinkerton (b. 1977), American humorist
  • Robert Pinkerton, American Republican politician, Chair of Phillips County Republican Party, 2011 [3]
  • Lowell Call Pinkerton (1894-1959), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Sudan, 1956-57 [3]
  • Louis R. Pinkerton, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Alpena District, 1950 [3]
  • Lenore Pinkerton, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1948, 1952; Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1949 [3]
  • Julian L. Pinkerton, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Loanda, 1922; Durban, 1925; Port Elizabeth, 1925; Lisbon, 1926; U.S. Consul in Lisbon, 1927-29; Rio de Janeiro, 1932; Jerusalem, 1938 [3]
  • Jennie Pinkerton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 2008 [3]
  • James W. Pinkerton, American politician, Mayor of Lodi, California, 1974-75, 1978-79, 1988-89, 1991-92 [3]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Robert R Pinkerton (b. 1915), Scottish Wireman serving for the Royal Navy from Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [4]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Robert Pinkerton, Irish Chief Baker from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [5]


The Pinkerton Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Post nubila sol
Motto Translation: After clouds sunshine.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  5. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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