Normans that arrived in England following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Petipas family have grown. The name Petipas was given to a member of the family who was a person who never tired of walking or a soldier who had lost his foot in battle. The name Petipas is an Anglicized form of the Old French word pedefer, or pied de fer, which means iron foot. The family name Petipas 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 Petipas family
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 Petipas family
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Petipas Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Petipas has been recorded under many different variations, including Pettifer, Pettipher, Petipher, Petifer, Petiver and many more.
Early Notables of the Petipas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Petipas family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Petipass were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Elizabeth Pettiford settled in Maryland in 1720.
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