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The distinguished surname Pittman emerged among the industrious people of Flanders
, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish
and English nations, many Flemish
migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish
surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la
or de le,
which mean of the
or from the.
The Pittman family originally lived in any low-lying area resembling a pit or hollows. The surname Pittman is derived from the Old English words pytt,
which means pit,
which means man.
The surname Pittman belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
The surname Pittman was first found in Devon
, but we must look to Normandy
, France to find the earliest record of the name. There we found Maingot Piteman who was listed in 1198 in the Magnum Rotulum Scaccarii Normanniae... 
Uban Piteman was listed in the Assize Rolls of Norfolk
in 1203 
and John Piteman was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 in Buckinghamshire
Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Pitman, Pittman and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pittman research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pittman History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pittman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Pittman:
Pittman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Christo Pittman, who landed in Virginia in 1622
- Christopher Pittman, who came to Virginia in 1623
- Sarah Pittman, who settled in New England in 1635
- Elizabeth Pittman, who came to Virginia in 1663
- John Pittman, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
Pittman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- M Pittman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
Pittman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Pittman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
- Ann Pittman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
- Caroline Pittman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
- Emilia Pittman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
- John Pittman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
- Joseph Wayne "Joe" Pittman (1954-2014), nicknamed Shoes, an American Major League Baseball backup infielder/outfielder who played from 1981 to 1984
- Claude F. Pittman Jr., American politician, Mayor of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1962-65
- Claude F. Pittman Sr., American politician, Mayor of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1961-62; Resigned 1962
- Claude C. Pittman, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate, 1950
- Charles Pittman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 2004
- Carl Shepard Pittman, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Tift County, 1949-50
- Anastasia Pittman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 2008
- Dennis Pittman, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 2012
- Edwin L. Pittman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1980
- Frank Pittman, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1956
- Sills & Cliburn & Pitman By Isom L. Stephens.
- Descendants of William Pitman, 1647-1700, of Boston, Mass. & Portsmouth, N.H. by Harold Minot Pitman.
- Ancestors and Descendants of Flower Wilkins and George Pitman: Somersetshire, England, 1796 to the United States, 1985 by Oscar Truman Johnson.
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
The Pittman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pittman 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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