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

The ancient roots of the Pittfield family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Pittfield comes from when the family lived in the village of Pitfield in the county of Middlesex. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word pyt which referred to an area that was pitted. The original bearers of the surname Pittfield lived in an area that was known for its many hollows of pitted ground,

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Pittfield has appeared include Pittfield, Pitfield, Pitfeild, Pitfeld, Pittfeld, Pitville, Pittville, Petfield, Pettfield, Petwell, Pitfell, Pittfell, Pitwell and many more.

First found in Middlesex where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pittfield research. Another 312 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1086 are included under the topic Early Pittfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pittfield arrived in North America very early: Robert Petwell, who settled in Virginia in 1636; Mary Pitfield, who arrived in Maryland in 1663; John Bryan Pitfield, who was naturalized in New York, NY in 1832.

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The Pittfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pittfield 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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