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Pridgeon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pridgeon came to England with the ancestors of the Pridgeon family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the ancient and forgotten given name Prujean.

Early Origins of the Pridgeon family

The surname Pridgeon was first found in Kent 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.

Early History of the Pridgeon family

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Pridgeon Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Pigeon, Pidgeon and others.

Early Notables of the Pridgeon family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pridgeon family to the New World and Oceana

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Pridgeon name or one of its variants:

Pridgeon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Lily Pridgeon, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Canonsberg, Pennsylvania, in 1911
  • George Pridgeon, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Pridgeon (post 1700)

  • John Pridgeon Jr. (1852-1929), American businessman and politician, Mayor of Detroit, Michigan (1888 to 1889)
  • Marvin Pridgeon, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1969
  • John Pridgeon Jr., American politician, Mayor of Detroit, Michigan, 1888-89
  • Alan Paul Pridgeon (b. 1954), retired English first-class cricketer

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