The name Petway is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Pitfield in the county of Middlesex. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word pyt
which referred to an area that was pitted.
The original bearers of the surname Petway lived in an area that was known for its many hollows of pitted ground,
Early Origins of the Petway family
The surname Petway was first found in Middlesex where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Petway family
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Petway Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Petway are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Petway include: Pittfield, Pitfield, Pitfeild, Pitfeld, Pittfeld, Pitville, Pittville, Petfield, Pettfield, Petwell, Pitfell, Pittfell, Pitwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Petway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Petway family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Petway or a variant listed above:
Petway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Rich Petway, who landed in Virginia in 1635 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Petway (post 1700)
- Bruce Franklin Petway (1885-1941), American Negro League catcher who played from 1906 to 1925
- David Petway (b. 1955), American former defensive back in the National Football League who played with the Green Bay Packers during the 1981 NFL season
- Thomas Franklin Petway III (b. 1940), American business and civic leader in Jacksonville, Florida
- Brenton "Brent" LaJames Petway (b. 1985), American professional basketball player for Olympiacos
- Robert Petway (1907-1978), African-American blues singer and guitarist, best known for his song "Catfish Blues"