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PICKENS Origins

PICKENS Origins

part of the Pickens Genealogy Information Group


The most commonly accepted belief of the origins of the PICKENS family is that they are 'Scots-Irish' - that is, those Scots who settled in the Ulster section of Northern Ireland. Other than that, there are varying proposals. It also is commonly accepted that one Robert/Andrew PICKENS lived in France, where he married the widow, Ester BONNEAU. Following the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, they fled to Scotland. Did they then, in turn go to Ireland?

How many years did the PICKENS live in Ireland? And where was the homeland in Scotland? There are still today PICKEN families in Ayrshire in Scotland, and they have long-established roots in the region. However, to date, no positive connection to PICKEN/S in Ireland or Scotland has been confirmed.

Following will be statements / articles we have found to show where these traditions originated, and what has been proven/disproven todate.

Origin of the name, by Charles Pickens

 

Andrew Pickens statement regarding origin of his ancestry

 

John Pickens Importation into Augusta Co VA

 

PICKENS' MYTHS


Andrew Pickens statement regarding origin of his ancestry


John Pickens Importation into Augusta Co VA


Origin of the name, by Charles Pickens

On Jul 19, 1998, on the PICKENS GenForum, Charles Pickens posted this information in reply to a question regarding the origin of the name: [ www.genforum.com/pickens ]

"There are several theories concerning the origin of the name PICKENS. The family has been traced as far as the late 1500's with Robert PICON in Scotland.

However some theorize the family was originally from France, in particular, the area of the Pyrenes mountains, bordering Spain. The English PICKENS believe we came from France, while many of the old Scot clan think the family came from Spain. Dr. A. L. PICKENS suggests that the name sounds Spanish with many possible meanings, all relating back to something sharp or pointed. Perhaps our ancestors were peak dwellers and were referred to as a "picon". Perhaps we have ties back to both France and Spain, with ancestors on both sides of the border."

Obviously, there is much work left to do to confirm our origins outside of the Americas. The early time frame and the very nature of our ancestors, rebellious Protestants migrating ahead of religious persecution, unjust treatment, and civilization in general, make the records sparse and hard to find. As one history professor put it, the Scots-Irish are always the 'frontiersman' wherever they go. They forge ahead, don't like to be crowded, don't appreciate too much government, love their freedom, and a good argument can make their day! It surely doesn't sound like anyone in MY family! :)

 


PICKENS MYTHS