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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Pettaway family come from? What is the Scottish Pettaway family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pettaway family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pettaway family history?

The surname Pettaway is a Scottish topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The Pettaway family lived at the manor of Patton in the English county of Shropshire before moving north to Scotland.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Patton, Pattin, Paton, Patin and others.

First found in Shropshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettaway research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1180 and 1582 are included under the topic Early Pettaway History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pettaway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Pettaway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mary Patton and her husband settled in Virginia in 1654; Alexander, Charles, David, George, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Joseph, Margaret, Michael, Robert, Samuel, Thomas and William Patton all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..

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  • Vann Pettaway (b. 1957), American former men's basketball coach at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute adepta
Motto Translation: Acquired by virtue

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The Pettaway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pettaway Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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