Piot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Piot family

The surname Piot was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Important Dates for the Piot family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piot research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1504, 1510, 1600, and 1611 are included under the topic Early Piot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Piot Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pyott, Pyatt, Pyot, Pyat, Piatt, Piott, Pyet and many more.

Early Notables of the Piot family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Piot family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander Pyott and Mary Pyott, who came to Barbados in 1651; John Pyot, who came to Georgia in 1773; James Pyott, who settled in New York in 1797; as well as Bartholimew Pyot, who arrived in Ontario in 1871..

Contemporary Notables of the name Piot (post 1700)

  • Baron Peter Piot MD, PhD FRCP FMedSci (b. 1949), Belgian microbiologist known for his research into Ebola and AIDS

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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