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The ancestors of the name Pitchford date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Pitchford family lived in the parish of Pitchford found in Shropshire.

Pitchford Early Origins



The surname Pitchford was first found in Shropshire at Pitchford, a small village and parish, in the union of Atcham, hundred of Condover where the village derives its name from the strong pitchy smell that emanates from the oily substance that frequently covers the surface of the water. Hence the place means "ford near a place where pitch if found," from the Old English words "pic" + "ford." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The Domesday Book of 1086 lists the place as Piceforde [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and also lists Pitchford Hall as "Edric, and Leofric and Wulfric held it as thress manors; they were free." Today Pitchford Hall is a large Grade I listed Tudor country house that was mostly rebuilt c. 1560. Portions of the Roman Watling Street runs through the grounds. Early records show that Geoffrey de Pykeford, a crusader, was Lord of the Manor from 1272. He also built the local church of St Michael, which contains an oak effigy of him.

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Pitchford Spelling Variations


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Pitchford 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 Pitchford 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. The variations of the name Pitchford include: Pickford, Pitchford, Picford, Pichford, Pitford and others.

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Pitchford Early History


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Pitchford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pitchford research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pitchford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pitchford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pitchford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Pitchford 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 Pitchford or a variant listed above:

Pitchford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Pitchford, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Joseph Pitchford, who landed in Virginia in 1702

Pitchford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Pitchford, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pitchford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pitchford (post 1700)



  • Walter Pitchford V (b. 1992), American basketball player
  • Kenneth Pitchford (b. 1940), American writer, poet and novelist
  • Randy Pitchford (b. 1971), American co-founder of video game developer Gearbox Software, current CEO and President
  • Lonnie Pitchford (1955-1998), American blues musician
  • Dean Pitchford (b. 1951), American songwriter, screenwriter, director, actor, and novelist
  • Timothy Pitchford, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Cambria County, 1909-10
  • John Pitchford, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 67th District, 2012
  • Harry D. Pitchford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1928
  • Deborah Pitchford, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1992
  • Frank Pitchford, English professional rugby league footballer who played from 1952 to 1962; he won a cap for England while at Oldham in 1955
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  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. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  11. ...

The Pitchford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pitchford 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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