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Where did the Borderlands Pinkerton family come from? What is the Borderlands Pinkerton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pinkerton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pinkerton family history?


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

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinkerton research. Another 231 words(16 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.


Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pinkerton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Pinkerton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

Pinkerton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Pinkerton, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
  • John Pinkerton, aged 48, landed in Maine in 1812
  • I. Pinkerton and his wife who settled in Baltimore in 1820
  • Sheriff Pinkerton arrived in Philadelphia in 1828
  • Matthew Pinkerton arrived in Philadelphia in 1834


  • Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884), Scottish-born, American detective and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton National Detective Agency
  • Jay Pinkerton (b. 1977), American humorist
  • Mike "Pink" Pinkerton, American software developer working on the Mozilla browsers
  • John Pinkerton (1758-1826), Scottish antiquarian, author, and pseudo-historian
  • David Pinkerton (1836-1906), New Zealand Member of Parliament for Dunedin City
  • John Pinkerton (1845-1908), Irish Protestant nationalist politician
  • Henry Pinkerton (1915-1986), Scottish footballer
  • Percy Edward Pinkerton (1855-1946), English translator and poet
  • Mr. Robert Pinkerton (d. 1915), Irish Chief Baker from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking


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.


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

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