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.

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