Soon after the Norman Conquest
in 1066, the name Pettifart was recognized on the island as a name for a person who never tired of walking or a soldier who had lost his foot in battle. The name Pettifart is an Anglicized form of the Old French word pedefer,
or pied de fer,
which means iron foot.
The family name Pettifart 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 Pettifart family
The surname Pettifart 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 Pettifart family
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Pettifart Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Pettifart family name include Pettifer, Pettipher, Petipher, Petifer, Petiver and many more.
Early Notables of the Pettifart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pettifart family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Pettifart family to immigrate North America: Elizabeth Pettiford settled in Maryland in 1720.