Last name: Pickett

This interesting name is of Norman origin, introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066 in the form of a personal name "Pic", here with the diminutive suffixes "et" or "ot", and recorded as "Picot, Pigot" and Piket". The name is ultimately of Germanic derivation, from "pic", meaning "sharp", or "pointed", which was a common element in names meaning for instance, residence near a "pointed hill", use of a particular sharp or pointed tool or weapon, or a nickname for a tall, thin person. The name development has included: William Piket (1177, Berkshire); Waubert Pyket (1277, London); and Peter Pygot (1285, Cambridgeshire). Among the variants of the modern surname are Pickett, Pikett, Pigott, Pig(g)ot, Picot and Pykett. Adam Pickett commanded the ketch "New London" on its voyage to the Barbadoes in 1679. A Coat of Arms granted to the Pickett family depicts three silver pickaxes on a black shield, with the Crest consisting of a dexter arm embowed, silver vested, green cuffed, charged with two green bars wavy, holding a pickaxe proper. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Picot, which was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Cheshire, during the reign of King William 1, known as "The Conqueror", 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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JoyAnn Pickett
Three Pickett Brothers Left England late 1600's,,,one went to Mass,one went to the Carolina's and the other went to Virginia...But we are all related no matter what...My Father Was Walter B Pickett From Schoharie, Middleburg,New York. The First Walter Arrived in Virginia 1623 about. My Grandfathers name was Rexford(Ford) Sanford Pickett and His Father was James Sanford Pickett or Sanford Pickett, His Father Was Peter Picket and His Father was Jonathan Picket and His Father was Peter Picket(((( Surname Sanford comes from the Virginia Lineage of Picketts.Not New England or The Carolina's. Only Virginia lineage carry's Walter ...

Vicky Washington
My Grandfather was one of thirteen Pickett brothers and sisters, unfortunately there are only three of them left and some I never got to meet as they died before I was born. We all come from the West Midlands in the UK. If anyone came tell me more about my family heritage i would be very grateful.

Lexxi Pickett
All my life, Pickett has been laughed at, made fun of, and rudely mocked, but who is to say this isn't cool?!

steve pickett
my understanding and what my dad got from the dna test was that my family from England went to Ireland for many generations then from there my line went through Canada to end up here in the west coast

Diana child's
My maiden name was pickett my dad was born in London . I was also made fun of because of the name

Linda Pickett Dean
my grandfather was William A Pickett his dad name was Felix pickett they lived in Ark

Nakaiya Pickett
My dad's name is pickett

Brogan Pickett Norris
I'm a direct new Zealand descendent of a Pickett

Shelly Pickett
Pickett on father's side. My great great great great great great grandfather was George Edward Pickett.

Martin Pickett
I'm a very Proud Pickett


My dad is R. Pickett of Tennessee. We have pictures of General George Pickett and my dad looks just like him.

Darla Woolsey McDuff

My mother was a Pickett. His parents immigrated to America when he was still a toddler. William Luke Pickett. He settled in Vermont.