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The proud Norman name of Pettiforth was developed in England soon after Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was name for a person who never tired of walking or a soldier who had lost his foot in battle. The name Pettiforth is an Anglicized form of the Old French word pedefer, or pied de fer, which means iron foot. The family name Pettiforth 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.

Pettiforth Early Origins



The surname Pettiforth 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.

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Pettiforth Spelling Variations


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Pettiforth Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Pettiforth were recorded, including Pettifer, Pettipher, Petipher, Petifer, Petiver and many more.

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Pettiforth Early History


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Pettiforth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettiforth research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1760, 1665 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Pettiforth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pettiforth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pettiforth Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettiforth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Pettiforth arrived in North America very early: Elizabeth Pettiford settled in Maryland in 1720.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Pettiforth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pettiforth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 28 October 2013 at 12:50.

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