The Pigg family descended from a Gaul Tribe that were employed by the Romans
during their conquest of the world. Most probably one of the tribes that
transversed the Alps settling in the Po River Valley. Their tribal
national emblem was the European wild boar, which is said to be the most
dangerous animal in the world to hunt. The Romans fought shoulder to
shoulder behind their shields, thrusting their swords in front of them.
The Gauls, known for their broad swords, fought with a slashing motion, hacking
the enemy to death. The result was the Romans calling the Gaul mercenaries
Porcus, from which we get the English names, Pigg, Hogg, Ham, and Bacon.
The family grew to some prominence, being mentioned often in Senate records.
"William Pigg, originally from Rome, established the name in Messina in
1050 A.D. His son, Cataldo Pigg, organized a company of green uniformed
guards and had charge of escorting the Holy Sacrament, administered to the sick,
defending it from violent sacrileges of the Saracens, etc. This Cataldo
had a son also named Cataldo who had a son Genovese who was a retainer and first
royal counselor to the King William II of England. William Pigg, son of
Genovese, was appointed by Charles I of Anjou as military commander of Messina
and established the family that became the Barons of Portonotaro in 1593.
Other Baronies were added later." (from a letter written by Albert M.
Pigg to Virginia Allen around 1939, from information he obtained from "The
Great Rolls" and "The Norman People and their Descendants in the
British Dominion and the U.S. of America" published by Henry S. King in
At least one Pigg was with William Duke of Normandy in his invasion of England
in 1066. Recorded in the Domesday Book is (Alferic Pigg?) The family
concentrated in Northumberland County, and members of the family continue to
reside there today.
Circa 1644, John Pigg immigrated to the colony of Virginia, obviously having
been a supporter of King Charles I. John was the father of Edward Pigg,
who died in Spotsylvania Co., Va., who was the father of Charles Filkes Pigg, a
constable of Spotsylvania Co., who was the father of Rev. Edward Pigg, who
brought his family to South Carolina in 1784. Rev. Edward Pigg first
settled on Rafting Creek in what is now Sumter Co., SC; then relocated to the
far north eastern corner of Fairfield Co.; finally settling in Chesterfield Co.,
SC, where he died. He had four sons that lived in Chesterfield Co., Edward
Pigg, who disappears before 1820, Rev. Charles F. Pigg, Moses Pigg, and Johnny
Pigg. From these sons all of the Piggs in upper SC and the Charlotte, NC
Also, many of the Piggs that live in Alabama, descended from Johnny's sons,
George Tillman Pigg, James Minton Pigg, and Erasmus Pigg, who all left SC for
Alabama in the mid 1800's.