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The ancient Normans that arrived in England following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Pettiver family have grown. The name Pettiver was given to a member of the family who was a person who never tired of walking or a soldier who had lost his foot in battle. The name Pettiver is an Anglicized form of the Old French word pedefer, or pied de fer, which means iron foot. The family name Pettiver 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.

Pettiver Early Origins



The surname Pettiver 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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Pettiver Spelling Variations


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Pettiver Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pettiver include Pettifer, Pettipher, Petipher, Petifer, Petiver and many more.

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Pettiver Early History


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Pettiver Early History



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

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Pettiver Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pettiver Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Pettivers to arrive on North American shores: Elizabeth Pettiford settled in Maryland in 1720.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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    The Pettiver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pettiver 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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