Picot family page
This is one of Jersey's longest-established families, with records dating back at least to 1309
A Mrs Picot photographed by Billinghurst and Smith
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Origin of Surname
Picot is the Normandy word for a turkey, which suggested to the Rev George Balleine that the original holder of the name strutted as he walked. This is the derivation favoured in Normandy, where the family has been most numerous in France.
However, other sources suggest that it was first introduced to England after the Norman Conquest in the form of a personal name "Pic", and later with the added diminutive suffixes of "et" or "ot", it became initially Picot, Pigot and Piket. The original derivation is from the word "pic", meaning sharp or pointed, and it was a common element in words and names, being used for a steep hill, or the use or manufacture of sharp or pointed implements or weapons, or even as a nickname for a tall, thin person.
The name is found in the Assize Roll of 1309.
Strangely, despite the family having been present in Jersey for some 700 years, it merits only three mentions, as spouses in the family trees of others, in Payne's Armorial of Jersey. The families present in the late 19th century were clearly not sufficiently affluent to pay for inclusion in the publication.
- Picot 1299
- Picott 1607
- Le Picot 1381
- Le Pikert c1340
- Piquot 1331
- Le Pikot 1309
- Le Piket 1299
- Piquet/Picquet - found in family groups with both spellings
- Picquot - only three church records with this spelling
- Pickett - not recognised as a variant in Jersey
- Pikett - not recognised as a variant in Jersey
- Pigott - not recognised as a variant in Jersey
- Piggot - not recognised as a variant in Jersey
- Picott - more likely a spelling error than a variant
- Pykett - not recognised as a variant in Jersey
- Pygot - not recognised as a variant in Jersey
- Descendants of Josue Picot (1690)
- Descendants of Thomas Picot and Rachel Gallichan
- Descendants of Jean Picot and Sara Hubert
- Descendants of Jean Picot and Marie Dorey
- Descendants of Moyse Picot and Marie Baudains
- Descendants of Jean Picot and Jeanne Collas
- Descendants of Abraham Picot of St Martin
- Descendants of Hiou Picot
- Descendants of Hiou Picot - 2, a different descent from the same Hiou Added 2016
- Descendants of Clement Picquet
- Descendants of Hugh Picot Added 2016
- Descendants of Nicoll Picot Added 2018
- Descendants of Josue Picot Added 2018
- Descendants of Jean Picot Added 2019
- Descendants of John Picot Added 2020
Great War service
- Joshua Picot ran a school at 26 Queen Street in the 1830s
- Tailor Daniel Picot was at 7 Broad Street in the 1860s
A Picot baby photographed by Ernest Baudoux
William Picot was born in Grouville in 1857 and emigrated to Australia at the age of 19. He was the son of John and Elizabeth, nee Bertram. There are records showing him as William Arthur Wallace Picot, born in Cornwall, which appear to be a complete invention. A descendant's research has so far been unable to substantiate the family legend that he was a member of a ship's crew and jumped ship in Adelaide, before making his way to Melbourne
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