If your name is Pidgeon, Pidgen, Pigeon or anything similar and you have ever been teased about whether you can flap your wings or fly away - THIS is your website.
The project aims to trace all people with these names, whether living or dead, to organise them into flocks, and develop a family tree for each flock or part thereof. To do this, we use family knowledge, all kinds of civil, parish and other records, and DNA.
If you know which flock you might belong to, use the drop-down MENU above to navigate to it. Otherwise, a Google search using a name plus other known informatiob such as a date or place might help to find the right page. Once you have found the family tree, use the Find tool (Ctrl+F) to find the person.
All known Pidgeon families originated in either England or Ireland (with two exceptions), although not all can be traced back to the home country and will be found under USA or Canada, the country where they settled. The surname probably originated in England around the 13th century. In the 16th century, English settlers were sent to Ireland to bring the island under English control. Pidgeons were possibly amongst them, so that the Irish Pidgeons possibly came from England, too. The two exception are families of Pigeons in Quebec, Canada whose ancestors came from France, one about 1660 and the other around 1750. You will find these under Canada.
Discover possible meanings of the names, and the distribution of people using them in England and Wales in 1881, according to the 1881 census.
First issued in 2008, and every 6 to 12 months since, this newsletter is emailed to anyone who wants to read it, free of charge. It contains news and stories about Pidgeons and their family history.