The Petken surname is a habitational name, taken on from a place of Pictish-Gaelic origin, in Fife.
Early Origins of the Petken family
The surname Petken was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Petken family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petken research.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1518, 1722, 1775, 1767, 1520, 1584, 1652 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Petken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Petken Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Petken family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Robert Pitcairn (1520?-1584), a Scottish administrator, diplomat and judge, Secretary of State and Commendator of Dunfermline; and Archibald Pitcairne (1652-1713)... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petken Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petken family to Ireland
Some of the Petken family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petken family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Pitkin, who settled in Connecticut in 1630; David Pitcairn, who arrived in Jamaica in 1730; John Pitcairn, who arrived in Boston in 1774; Thomas Pitkin who settled in New York State in 1775.
The Petken 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: Plena refulget
Motto Translation: The full moon shines.