PITCAIRNERS: THE PEOPLE OF PITCAIRN
The Pitcairn people are a blend of
several nationalities, originating from the original settlers from the Bounty,
which included English, Welsh, Scottish, West Indian, Raiatean, Moorean,
Tahitian and Tubuaian. Over the years
there have been sailors, New Zealanders, Americans and others who have added to
the general “mix” that is the Pitcairn people.
However, most of the permanent inhabitants on Pitcairn today are
descended from the original settlers.
Family names on Pitcairn include
Christian, Young, Warren and Brown. The
first two are original names from the Bounty, whereas the other two come from
sailors who arrived at a later date.
However, there are a number of other names on Pitcairn as well.
Pitcairn Islanders speak a form of
pidgin called Pitcairnese or Pitkern, which is a blend of old English sailor
language and old Polynesian. People who
have heard it often remark that it is a unique language.
Pitcairn’s population is generally
at around 45-50 people at one time, although the population at one point used
to number at around 300. However,
counting those on Norfolk and living in New Zealand and elsewhere can be
numbered among the thousands. Below: Pitcairners and some visitors.