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The history of the Pinson family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Devon. Their name, however, is a reference to Mont-Pincon, in Calvados, in the arrondissement of Lisieieux, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Pinson, Pincon, Pinsent, Pensent, Pensons, Pinsons, Pinser, Pincer, Poinson, Poincon, Pynson, MontPinson, Montpinson, Mountpinzo, Mompesson, Pinsun, Montepinson, Montepesson, Montepinsun and many more.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat anciently as Lords of the Manor. The name originally was the Norman Mont-pincon or pincun from the barony and castle in Normandy. Ralf de Montpincon was the Norman noble dapifer who was granted lands in Devon for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Meanwhile in Normandy, the head of the family, Hugh de Monte Pincon held the service of three knights from Montpincon Castle in 1172. Burton Pynsent House is a historic country-house in the parish of Curry Rivel, Somerset. It was built in 1765 for William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, after he inherited the estate from Sir William Pynsent (1642-1719.) "It was the property of Sir William Pynsent, Bart., and, with other estates, was left by him to the great Earl of Chatham, in testimony of respect for his character." [1] Pynsent Column stands on Troy Hill, a spur of high ground about 700 m north-east of the house.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinson research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1094, 1642, 1719, 1689, 1679, 1765, 1765, 1790, 1859, 1818, 1864 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Pinson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 183 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Pinson or a variant listed above were:

Pinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Pinson who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Roger Pinson settled in Jamaica in 1665
  • Samuel Pinson settled in Barbados in 1685

Pinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jean Joseph Pinson, who landed in New York in 1824

Pinson Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Marie Marthe Pinson, who arrived in Montreal in 1653

Pinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Pinson settled in St. George's Increase, St. John's in Newfoundland in 1736


  • Koppel Shub Pinson (1904-1961), Russian-born, American historian who specialized in the origins of German nationalism
  • Julie Pinson (b. 1967), American Daytime Emmy Award winning soap opera actress
  • Bobby Olen Pinson (b. 1970), American country music artist
  • Vada Edward Pinson Jr. (1938-1995), American center fielder and coach in Major League Baseball
  • Matthew S. Pinson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2008, 2012 (alternate)
  • Harley Pinson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • George Pinson, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1961
  • Eugene Pinson, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at New York City, New York, 1966 (acting, 1966)
  • Clyde L. Pinson, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wayne County, 1942
  • Clyde B. Pinson, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 5th District, 1944, 1952; Chair of Cabell County Republican Party, 1969, 1975



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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  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. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Pinson Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Pinson 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.

This page was last modified on 26 February 2016 at 14:19.

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