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Pyke is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who made or worked with a pickaxe as a agricultural or excavating tool. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

Pyke Early Origins



The surname Pyke was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Pyke Spelling Variations


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Pyke Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Pyke has appeared include Pike, Pyke and others.

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Pyke Early History


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Pyke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pyke research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1706, 1635, 1692 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Pyke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pyke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pyke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pyke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pyke In Ireland


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Pyke In Ireland



Some of the Pyke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pyke arrived in North America very early:

Pyke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Pyke, who arrived in Maryland in 1638

Pyke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Pyke, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • John Pyke settled in Maryland in 1737
  • Alicia Pyke and Elisha Pyke, who settled in Maryland in 1739

Pyke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Pyke, aged 62, landed in New York in 1812
  • George Pyke, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1857
  • Frank A Pyke, who landed in Colorado in 1886

Pyke Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Luke Pyke, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1816

Pyke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Pyke arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pyke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pyke (post 1700)



  • Bernice S. Pyke, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Ohio, 1920; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1928, 1932; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1941-51
  • Hy Pyke (b. 1935), American character actor
  • Lionel Edward Pyke (1854-1899), English barrister
  • Geoffrey Pyke (1893-1948), English journalist, spy and inventor
  • Magnus Alfred Pyke (1908-1992), English scientist and media personality, Chairman, British Association for the Advancement of Science
  • David Alan Pyke CBE (1921-2001), English Physician, Diabetic Department, King's College Hospital, London, made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1986
  • Stuart Pyke, British sports journalist and broadcaster
  • Mike Anthony Patrick Pyke (b. 1984), Canadian rugby player
  • Margaret Pyke (1893-1966), campaigner for family planning
  • Josh Pyke (b. 1983), Australian singer-songwriter-musician
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Pyke Historic Events


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Pyke Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Ernest  Pyke (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Pyke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pyke 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 8 October 2016 at 13:11.

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