Pilkington Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Pilkington Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): habitational name from a place in the parish of Prestwich, Lancashire, so named from Old English Pilecingtun ‘settlement (Old English tun) associated with Pileca’. The surname is established in Ireland, where its presence was first recorded in the early 15th century.

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

Similar surnames: Billington, Pennington, Elkington, Ellington, Talkington, Millington

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.


Pilkington Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pilkington name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pilkington. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

Explore the full experience here
  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Pilkington Family Origin

Where is the Pilkington family from?

Pilkington Family Occupations

What did your Pilkington ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Pilkington family was Labourer. The most common Pilkington occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 7% of Pilkington's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Cotton Weaver and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pilkington.

View Census data for Pilkington | Data not to scale

  • Coal Miner

  • Cotton Weaver

  • Farmer

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Pilkington ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Pilkington Historical Records

What Pilkington family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 82,000 census records available for the last name Pilkington. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pilkington census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Pilkington

Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Pilkington. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Pilkington immigration records

Draft Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Pilkington. For the veterans among your Pilkington ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Pilkington military records

You've only scratched the surface of Pilkington family history.

Pilkington Life Expectancy

What is the average Pilkington lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Pilkington life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Pilkington in 1948 was 50, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pilkington

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pilkington ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

Famous Pilkington Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name