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Pitcher is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a caulker, one who was employed to seal the hulls of ships with pitch. Another derivation of this name suggests that it originated as a variation on the Norman French personal name Pichere. Pitcher is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

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The surname Pitcher was first found in Buckinghamshire 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.

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 Pitcher, Picher, Pichere and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pitcher research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 106 and 1066 are included under the topic Early Pitcher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pitcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Pitcher or a variant listed above:

Pitcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Pitcher, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Andrew Pitcher, who came to Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1641
  • Andrew Pitcher, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1641
  • Mary Pitcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • John Pitcher, who landed in Virginia in 1652
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Pitcher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Pitcher, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Potomac in 1729
  • Will Pitcher, who was on record in Georgia in 1735
  • Thomas Pitcher, who landed in Virginia in 1735
  • James Pitcher, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1774

Pitcher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Carl Pitcher, his wife and their two children, who came to Philadelphia in 1816
  • William Pitcher, who was in Belfast, Maine in 1822
  • Barjew Pitcher, who landed in Maryland in 1830
  • Frederick Geo Pitcher, who arrived in America in 1887

Pitcher Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Pitcher, who settled in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland in 1769
  • John Pitcher, who settled in New Perlican, Newfoundland in 1789

Pitcher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Pitcher and John Pitcher, who were both fisherman in Heart's Content, Newfoundland in 1800

Pitcher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Pitcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • Charlotte Pitcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • Robert Pitcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • Ann Pitcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • Janet Pitcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
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  • O. O. Pitcher, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 17th District, 1868-69
  • Nathaniel Pitcher (1777-1836), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1805-06, 1814-15, 1816-17; Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1827-28; Governor of New York, 1828
  • Molly Pitcher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 2000
  • Lynn Pitcher, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Colorado, 1972
  • John Pitcher (1795-1892), American politician, Representative from Indiana, 1837; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1841-44; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1848
  • James Pitcher (1792-1844), American politician, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, 1835-38
  • J. Reese Pitcher, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1888, 1900 (alternate)
  • David W. Pitcher Sr., American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Lebanon; Elected 1930
  • David E. Pitcher, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 10th District, 1942
  • Oscar E. Pitcher, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Suffield, 1908
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Pitcher Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Regional C. L. Pitcher (1895-1917), English Wireless Operator aboard the SS Picton from Maidenhead, England, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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