Pettifithey is a name whose history begins in 1066 with the Norman Conquest
. This Norman name was used for a person who never tired of walking or a soldier who had lost his foot in battle. The name Pettifithey is an Anglicized form of the Old French word pedefer,
or pied de fer,
which means iron foot.
The family name Pettifithey was brought to England
after the Norman Conquest
, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon
aristocrats. They imported a vast number of Norman French personal names, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.
Early Origins of the Pettifithey family
The surname Pettifithey was first found in Worcestershire
where, they held a family seat
after the Norman Conquest
by William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D., where the name meant literally "Petite" and "Fere," meaning "the little wild beast," a soubriquet which has been corrupted to Pettifer, although a distant relationship has been claimed to Potiphar, the Faro's Captain of the Guard.
Early History of the Pettifithey family
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Pettifithey Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Pettifer, Pettipher, Petipher, Petifer, Petiver and many more.
Early Notables of the Pettifithey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pettifithey family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pettifithey or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Pettiford settled in Maryland in 1720.