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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.

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


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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.

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

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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.

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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


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  • Lowell Call Pinkerton (1894-1959), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Sudan, 1956-57
  • Louis R. Pinkerton, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Alpena District, 1950
  • Lenore Pinkerton, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1948, 1952; Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1949
  • 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
  • Jennie Pinkerton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 2008
  • James W. Pinkerton, American politician, Mayor of Lodi, California, 1974-75, 1978-79, 1988-89, 1991-92
  • David C. Pinkerton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1936
  • Charles D. Pinkerton, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Arizona, 1934
  • Robert Pinkerton, American Republican politician, Chair of Phillips County Republican Party, 2011
  • W. W. Pinkerton, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 45th District, 1899-1900

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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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  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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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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