Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English (mainly East Midlands), Dutch, and German: from Middle English pi(c)k, Middle Dutch picke, Middle High German bicke ‘pick’, ‘pickaxe’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who made pickaxes or used them as an agricultural or excavating tool.
  2. North German: metonymic occupational name for a pitch-burner, from Low German pick ‘pitch’.
  3. English: possibly from Middle English pike ‘pike’ (the fish), applied as a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or seller of these fish, or as a descriptive nickname for someone thought to resemple a pike in some way.
  4. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): unexplained.
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