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

Pinkley is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pinkley family lived in Northampton. Their name, however, is a reference to Picquigny, in Somme, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Pinkley were recorded, including Pinkney, Pinckney, Pinkley, Pinkly, Pinkie and others.

First found in Northampton where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinkley research. Another 329 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1303, 1599 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Pinkley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pinkley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Pinkley arrived in North America very early:

Pinkley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Pinkley, aged 30, arrived in St Christopher in 1635

Pinkley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Pinkley, aged 23, landed in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Peter Pinkley arrived in Philadelphia in 1736
  • Petter Pinkley, aged 28, landed in Pennsylvania in 1736

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