I wanted to share what I have found out about our family. It turns it seems our surname is actually originally from the Savoy or what was the captial of Piemonte - Chambéry, France formally of the Piedmont area of Italy. So we actually were French but Italian before that! I have found almost definitely that we came from Correze, Limousin, France in the 1600's.
So the surname has been recorded with various spellings which is a progression from Italian to Latin and then to Piedmontese or Patois and to French. The spellings are originally Piemond then P˙mond (Latin version). Around 1700 the records show Pigmon and in France it changed around 1700 to Pimond and then around 1800 to Pimont. These variances in spelling are with the very same people (John, Leonard, Leonarde) through the birth, marriage and death records.
Now if I can just get some of the Pimond/Pimont family to talk to me on the genealogy boards or by e-mail. I have even tried sending messages to them in French with the help of Google translate with not much success. I have had 2 or 3 very nice French people work with me on translating some very hard to read French documents and I am very grateful for their help! I have these original records on my computer and I will gladly send them to you if you would like.
The spelling of our surname has for a very long time been debated but if you look at the ORIGINAL documents most of our ancestors used PIGMON.
To me this explains the reason why most Pigmans thought the spelling was either PIGMON, PYGMAN or PIGMAN. The Dutch branch of our family uses PIGMANS.
If we had more Pigmans y-DNA tested we could determine more the relationships but at this point only two of us have tested and the result in shorthand is R1b L2*. I have not found any of the Pimond/Pimont names, generally in France, that have tested thus far.
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