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When the ancestors of the Pitcher family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066, they brought their name with them. It is a name for a caulker, one who was employed to seal the hulls of ships with pitch. Another derivation of this name suggests that it originated as a variation on the Norman French personal name Pichere. Pitcher is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pitcher, Picher, Pichere and others.
First found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pitcher research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 106 and 1066 are included under the topic Early Pitcher History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Pitcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Pitcher or a variant listed above:
Pitcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Pitcher, who settled in Virginia in 1635
- Andrew Pitcher, who came to Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1641
- Andrew Pitcher, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1641
- Mary Pitcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
- John Pitcher, who landed in Virginia in 1652
Pitcher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Edward Pitcher, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Potomac in 1729
- Will Pitcher, who was on record in Georgia in 1735
- Thomas Pitcher, who landed in Virginia in 1735
- James Pitcher, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1774
Pitcher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Carl Pitcher, his wife and their two children, who came to Philadelphia in 1816
- William Pitcher, who was in Belfast, Maine in 1822
- Barjew Pitcher, who landed in Maryland in 1830
- Frederick Geo Pitcher, who arrived in America in 1887
Pitcher Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Richard Pitcher, who settled in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland in 1769
- John Pitcher, who settled in New Perlican, Newfoundland in 1789
Pitcher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Richard Pitcher and John Pitcher, who were both fisherman in Heart's Content, Newfoundland in 1800
Pitcher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Richard Pitcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
- Charlotte Pitcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
- Robert Pitcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
- Ann Pitcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
- Janet Pitcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
- O. O. Pitcher, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 17th District, 1868-69
- Nathaniel Pitcher (1777-1836), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1805-06, 1814-15, 1816-17; Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1827-28; Governor of New York, 1828
- Molly Pitcher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 2000
- Lynn Pitcher, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Colorado, 1972
- John Pitcher (1795-1892), American politician, Representative from Indiana, 1837; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1841-44; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1848
- James Pitcher (1792-1844), American politician, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, 1835-38
- J. Reese Pitcher, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1888, 1900 (alternate)
- David W. Pitcher Sr., American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Lebanon; Elected 1930
- David E. Pitcher, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 10th District, 1942
- Oscar E. Pitcher, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Suffield, 1908
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: Perseverentia et labore
Motto Translation: By perseverance and labour
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
- Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- 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).
- Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
The Pitcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pitcher 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.
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