Origins Available: English
The name Pettway is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Pettway was a name used for a person who was referred to as Peat.
The surname Pettway was originally derived from the Old English word which meant a spoiled or pampered child.
Early Origins of the Pettway family
The surname Pettway was first found in Kent
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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Pettway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettway research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1513, 1563, 1570, 1647, 1610 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Pettway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pettway Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Pettway include Peat, Peate, Peart, Pert, Pett and others.
Early Notables of the Pettway family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Peat of Aberdeen; Peter Pett, (fl 1563), the progenitor of the Pett Dynasty of shipwrights who prospered in England
between the 15th and 17th centuries; Phineas Pett... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pettway family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Pettway were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Joe and John Peat settled in Boston in 1635; Richard Peat settled in Virginia in 1754; Edward, and George Peat arrived in Philadelphia in 1878; Thomas Peart settled in Virginia in 1752.
Contemporary Notables of the name Pettway (post 1700)
- Vincent Pettway (b. 1965), American professional boxer in the welterweight and super welterweight division
- Jerry Pettway, former American basketball player
- Kenneth Aaron Pettway (b. 1982), American football defensive end for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL
The Pettway 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 Translation: Fervent.