Pert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Pert family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Pert was a name given to a person who was referred to as Peat. The surname Pert was originally derived from the Old English word which meant a spoiled or pampered child.

Early Origins of the Pert family

The surname Pert was first found in Kent 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Pert family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pert research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1513, 1563, 1570, 1647, 1610, 1672, 1630, 1699, 1593, 1652 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Pert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pert Spelling Variations

Pert has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Pert have been found, including Peat, Peate, Peart, Pert, Pett and others.

Early Notables of the Pert family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Peter Pett, (fl 1563), master-shipwright at Deptford. He was great-grandson of Thomas Pett of Skipton in Cumberland. "But Skipton is in Yorkshire, and, though some of his kin may have settled in the north, it is more probable that he belonged to the family of the name which early in the fifteenth century owned property at Pett in the parish of Stockbury in Kent. " [1] He was progenitor of the...
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Pert migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Perts to arrive on North American shores:

Pert Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Pert, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [2]
  • John Pert, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [2]
  • Rich Pert, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [2]
  • Catherine Pert, who settled in Virginia in 1685 with her husband
Pert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Pert, aged 23, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [2]

Australia Pert migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Pert, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pert (post 1700) +

  • Candace Beebe Pert (b. 1946), American neuroscientist and pharmacologist
  • Nicholas Pert (b. 1981), English chess player who holds the title Grandmaster
  • Brian Pert (b. 1936), former Australian rules footballer
  • Gary Pert (b. 1965), former Australian rules footballer
  • Morris David Brough Pert (1947-2010), Scottish composer, drummer/percussionist, and pianist
  • Pert Kelton (1907-1968), American actress who appeared mainly in comedies and musicals

The Pert 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: Ardens
Motto Translation: Fervent.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved on Facebook
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