The ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada is thought to be the home of the ancestors of the Petillow family. Their name comes from someone having lived in either of two places called Pittilloch; the first is near Freuchie in the county of Fife
, while the second is in Glenfarg, in the county of Perth.
Early Origins of the Petillow family
The surname Petillow was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from very early times, and are conjecturally descended according to Historian, Hugh MacDonald, from the MacLullichs, who claim descent from Angus
, grandson of Somerled, Lord of the Isles, the original name being Patilloch or Patillock.
Early History of the Petillow family
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Petillow Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. Petillow has appeared as Patilloch, Patillock, Patillo, Pattillo, Pattullo, Patullo, Petillo, Pettillo, Petullow, Pitilloch, Pitillo, Pittillo and many more.
Early Notables of the Petillow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Petillow family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Petillow or a variant listed above: Henry Patillo, notable Presbyterian minister of Hanover, Virginia, who led the Wyllis Creek congregation in 1748; Thomas Patillo settled in Philadelphia in 1828.