The Pettifard family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans
that came to England
following their Conquest of England
in 1066. The Pettifard name reveals that an early member was a person who never tired of walking or a soldier who had lost his foot in battle. The name Pettifard is an Anglicized form of the Old French word pedefer,
or pied de fer,
which means iron foot.
The family name Pettifard 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 Pettifard family
The surname Pettifard 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 Pettifard family
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Pettifard Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, 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. Pettifard has been recorded under many different variations, including Pettifer, Pettipher, Petipher, Petifer, Petiver and many more.
Early Notables of the Pettifard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pettifard 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. Pettifards were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Elizabeth Pettiford settled in Maryland in 1720.