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Name Origin and Meaning
Posted by: Gary Radcliffe (ID *****2476) Date: January 14, 2004 at 00:55:55
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PILKINGTON is an English name from Lancashire. Spelled Pilkinton 1212 A.D. PIL- is probably from the Old English word for a "dart." PILOC was an early family name in the area. The -ING would be "son of" and the TON would mean an estate, manor, homestead.

Lieut-Colonel Pilkington, F.S.A., of Liverpool, has written much on his ancestry including a "History of the Pilkington Family and Its Branches, 1066-1600 (1912).

He mentions that James Pilkington was Bishop of Durham in 1559 while Master of St. John's College, Cambridge. His brother, Leonard, who succeeded him as Master of the College spelled his name differently on various documents as did James. Pylkyington was the way he signed his will
in 1598.

I know nothing about the book.

Gary Radcliffe
West Covina, CA, USA

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