Petifurd is one of the most ancient names to come from the Norman culture that arrived in Britain soon after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a person who was a person who never tired of walking or a soldier who had lost his foot in battle. The name Petifurd is an Anglicized form of the Old French word pedefer,
or pied de fer,
which means iron foot.
The family name Petifurd 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 Petifurd family
The surname Petifurd 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 Petifurd family
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Petifurd Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Petifurd are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Petifurd include Pettifer, Pettipher, Petipher, Petifer, Petiver and many more.
Early Notables of the Petifurd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Petifurd family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Petifurd, or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Pettiford settled in Maryland in 1720.