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Pidgeon Name Meaning

English: from Middle English pyion, peion ‘young bird’, ‘young pigeon’ (from Old French pijon), a metonymic occupational name for a hunter of wood pigeons or a nickname for a foolish or gullible person, since the birds were easily taken. English: altered form of the nickname Pet(y)jon (see Pettyjohn). Irish (County Monaghan): local form of McGuigan, from Gaelic Mac Uiginn ‘son of the Viking’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Pigeon, Gudgeon, Dudgeon, Gougeon, Paden, Pichon, Midgett, Padgett

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Where is the Pidgeon family from?

You can see how Pidgeon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pidgeon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pidgeon families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 52 Pidgeon families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Pidgeon's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Pidgeon families in 1911.
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What did your Pidgeon ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Pidgeon. 22% of Pidgeon men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Pidgeon women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pidgeon were Carpenter and Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Carpenter
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Clerk
    28%
  • Nurse
    19%
  • Servant
    19%
  • Farmer
    19%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Pidgeon. For the veterans among your Pidgeon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pidgeon lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Pidgeon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Pidgeon in 1956 was 41, and 83 in 2004.

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