Origin of the Name McPike
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name McPike
include Pike, Pyke, Pick, Peake and McPeake. The name McPike has a number of derivations. It can be a locality name meaning 'the pike', from a person who lived beside a sharp point on a hill. It can alternatively be a name of nickname origin from the freshwater fish or even from the Scandinavian word 'pik', meaning a tall person. When found as McPike the name is most associated with Youghal in County Cork where it is found in records as early as the year 1393. Families of the name spread from Cork to the neighboring Counties of Waterford and Tipperary. While many names in Ulster are ultimately of Anglo origin the names McPike and Pike exist there usually as variant forms of the name McPeake. These in turn are anglicized forms of the Gaelic MacPeice name and are found mostly in Counties Derry and Tyrone.
The McPike coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all McPike descendants.