Hi, I don´t know if there´s a Spanish link. I´m trying to investigate if there is one. Some have rumored there is. Note the following taken from the Pickens Pipeline web site:
-------Origin of the name, by Charles Pickens-----------
On Jul 19, 1998, on the PICKENS GenForum, Charles Pickens posted this information in reply to a question regarding the origin of the name: [ www.genforum.com/pickens ]
"There are several theories concerning the origin of the name PICKENS. The family has been traced as far as the late 1500's with Robert PICON in Scotland.
However some theorize the family was originally from France, in particular, the area of the Pyrenes mountains, bordering Spain. The English PICKENS believe we came from France, while many of the old Scot clan think the family came from Spain. Dr. A. L. PICKENS suggests that the name sounds Spanish with many possible meanings, all relating back to something sharp or pointed. Perhaps our ancestors were peak dwellers and were referred to as a "picon". Perhaps we have ties back to both France and Spain, with ancestors on both sides of the border."
Obviously, there is much work left to do to confirm our origins outside of the Americas. The early time frame and the very nature of our ancestors, rebellious Protestants migrating ahead of religious persecution, unjust treatment, and civilization in general, make the records sparse and hard to find. As one history professor put it, the Scots-Irish are always the 'frontiersman' wherever they go. They forge ahead, don't like to be crowded, don't appreciate too much government, love their freedom, and a good argument can make their day! It surely doesn't sound like anyone in MY family! :)
NOTE I´M CURRENTLY LIVING IN SPAIN WHICH MAKES IT EASIER TO INVESTIGATE.
MANY SPANIARDS WERE LIVING IN FRANCE IN THE 1500-1600´S, ESPECIALLY IN LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE. MOST OF THESE WERE SEPHARDIC JEWS WHO FLED THE SPANISH INQUISITION IN 1492. MANY THEN PRACTICED THEIR RELGION UNDERGROUD WHILE PRETENDING TO CONVERT. QUITE A FEW MARRIED FRENCH PROTESTANTS, WHO WERE ALSO PERSECUTED.
TO ME, MUCH OF THIS SEEMS CORRESPONDS TO OUR PICKENS (PICON) RELATIVES. THEY COULD HAVE BE SEPHARDIC SPANISH JEWS...BUT MAYBE NOT. MAYBE JUST SPANISH IMMIGRANTS..OR MAYBE THEY WEREN´T SPANISH AT ALL. BUT BASED ON THE NAME, PICON, WHICH CAN BE FRENCH OR SPANISH, THE ABOVE MENTIONED QUOTE TAKEN FROM THE PICKENS PIPELINE SITE, THE DATES AND PLACES OUR ANCESTORS LIVED, ETC. IT SEEMS THAT IT COULD BE A POSSIBLITY.
I NEED TO KNOW WHERE PEOPLE GOT THE FRENCH CONNECTION FROM THOUGH (BIRTH CERTIFICATE, ETC). I KNOW A SPANISH GENEALOGIST WHO CAN HELP ME USE THAT INFO TO MAKE A SPANISH CONNECTION (IF THERE IS ONE).
I AM ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN ANY DOCUMENTS PEOPLE MAY HAVE...NOT JUST THE NAMES AND DATES. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.