The distinguished surname Peartree 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
. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic
surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish
surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin,
which became very frequent in England
during the 14th century. The surname Peartree is derived from the personal names Peter
These two names were frequently confused in Scotland
since the Gaelic forms of Patrick were Pádair
Peartree family is believed to be descended from a family named Peters who migrated from Antwerp in Belgium to Cornwall
during the 12th century. From there, the family moved to Kincardine, Aberdeen, and Caithness
Early Origins of the Peartree family
The surname Peartree was first found in Kincardineshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Peartree family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peartree research.Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1612, 1688, 1643, 1714, 1703 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Peartree History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Peartree Spelling Variations
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 Petrie, Petree, Petre and others.
Early Notables of the Peartree family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Peartree family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Peartree: John Petrie, who settled in Tobago in 1775; Peter Petrie settled in Georgia in 1775. Andrew Petrie arrived in Brisbane Town in 1837 as a government appointee.
The Peartree Motto
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: Fide sed vide
Motto Translation: Trust but take care.
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