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The name Pettigrew comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for a small man. The name was originally derived from the Old French words "petit," meaning "small or little," and "cru," meaning "growth."

Pettigrew Early Origins



The surname Pettigrew was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Pettigrew Spelling Variations


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Pettigrew Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Pettigrew, Pettegrew, Pettergrew and others.

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Pettigrew Early History


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Pettigrew Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettigrew research. Another 224 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1461, 1791, and 1865 are included under the topic Early Pettigrew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pettigrew Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pettigrew Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettigrew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pettigrew In Ireland


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Pettigrew In Ireland



Some of the Pettigrew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Pettigrew name or one of its variants:

Pettigrew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Pettigrew, who landed in North Carolina in 1775
  • John Pettigrew, who landed in Georgia in 1775

Pettigrew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Pettigrew settled in Boston in 1822
  • Patrick Pettigrew, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853
  • William J Pettigrew, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Sarah Pettigrew, aged 12, arrived in New York, NY in 1855
  • James Pettigrew settled in Philadelphia in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pettigrew Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas J Pettigrew, who landed in Arkansas in 1901
  • Samuel J Pettigrew, who landed in Mississippi in 1902

Pettigrew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Pettigrew, aged 18, arrived in Quebec in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pettigrew (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pettigrew (post 1700)



  • Samuel Pettigrew, American politician, 7th Mayor of Pittsburgh (1832-1836)
  • Richard Franklin Pettigrew (1848-1926), American lawyer, surveyor, and land developer, United States Senator from South Dakota (1889-1901)
  • Brandon Pettigrew (b. 1985), American NFL football player for the Detroit Lions
  • Antonio Pettigrew (1967-2010), American Olympic gold medalist
  • James Johnston Pettigrew (1828-1863), American Civil War brigadier general
  • James Bell Pettigrew MD FRS FRSE FRCPE (1834-1908), Scottish naturalist and museum curator
  • Willie Pettigrew (b. 1953), former Scottish international soccer player
  • Sir Russell Hilton Pettigrew (1920-2015), New Zealand businessman and philanthropist, founder of transport company Freightways Ltd
  • Thomas Joseph Pettigrew (1791-1865), nicknamed "Mummy" Pettigrew, English surgeon and antiquarian who became an expert on Ancient Egyptian mummies
  • Peter Pettigrew (b. 1950), former Australian rules footballer
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Sine sole nihil
Motto Translation: Nothing without the sun.


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    Other References

    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Pettigrew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pettigrew 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 17 October 2016 at 14:45.

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