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This surname of MacPake is a rare name originally from Ireland, from the Gaelic MacPEICE, which means son of PEICE, a variant of the personal name PIC. The name MacPIKE now apparently unknown in Scotland and Ireland maybe a variant. James M'Pike, supposed to have been born in Edinburgh, circa. 1750, migrated to Baltimore in the United States about 1772, and a few M'Pikes are mentioned in the Pennysylvania Archives. Early records of the name mention Aluric Alwinus Pic, who was listed as a tenant-in-chief in the Domesday Book of 1086. Alexander le Pik, was a fishmonger and owner of a ship in 1292, and recorded in London and in Surrey. Simon Pic was documented in the year 1273 in County Suffolk. Thomas Pic of County Somerset, was recorded during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377 and Ralph le Pikke of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name mention Richard Philip Pick who was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1668 and Leonard, son of Thomas Picken was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1721. The earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and are of Norman French origin rather than native English. On the arrival of the Normans they identified themselves by references to the estates from which they came from in northern France. These names moved rapidly on with their bearers into Scotland and Ireland. Others of the Norman Invaders took names from the estates in England which they had newly acquired. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884 John McPake of Edinburgh was killed in North Africa in April, 1943. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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