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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,

Petway Early Origins



The surname Petway was first found in Middlesex where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Petway Spelling Variations


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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.

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Petway Early History


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Petway Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petway research. Another 312 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1086 are included under the topic Early Petway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Petway Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Petway Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Petway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Petway (post 1700)


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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"

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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    The Petway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Petway 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 21 January 2015 at 08:11.

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