The proud Norman name of Pettiforth was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
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.
Early Origins of the Pettiforth family
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.
Early History of the Pettiforth family
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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.
Early Notables of the Pettiforth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pettiforth family to the New World and Oceana
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
, 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.