Pike Family History
Pike Name Meaning
English: topographic name for someone who lived by a hill with a sharp point, from Old English pic ‘point’, ‘hill’, which was a relatively common place name element. English: metonymic occupational name for a pike fisherman or nickname for a predatory individual, from Middle English pike. English: metonymic occupational name for a user of a pointed tool for breaking up the earth, Middle English pike. Compare Pick. English: metonymic occupational name for a medieval foot soldier who used a pike, a weapon consisting of a sharp pointed metal end on a long pole, Middle English pic (Old French pique, of Germanic origin). English: nickname for a tall, thin person, from a transferred sense of one of the above. English: from a Germanic personal name (derived from the root ‘sharp’, ‘pointed’), found in Middle English and Old French as Pic. English: nickname from Old French pic ‘woodpecker’, Latin picus. Compare Pye and Speight. Irish: in the south, of English origin; in Ulster a variant Anglicization of Gaelic Mac Péice (see McPeake). Americanized spelling of German Peik, from Middle Low German pek ‘sharp, pointed tool or weapon’. Compare 4 above or from a Germanic personal name (see 6 above).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press