Pitcock is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name that is derived from Paeda
the first Christian King of Mercia. The surname Pitcock referred to the son of Paeda
which belongs to the category of patronymic
surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
which meant son,
were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius,
which meant son.
By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Pitcock family
The surname Pitcock was first found in Somerset
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 Pitcock family
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Pitcock Spelling Variations
Pitcock has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Pitcock have been found, including Pidcock, Piddock, Pidocock, Pitcock, Pittock and others.
Early Notables of the Pitcock family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pitcock family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pitcocks to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Piddock, who arrived in Maine in 1624; George Pidcock, who settled in New England
in 1657; William Piddock settled in Virginia in 1679; Elizabeth Piddock, who came to Maryland in 1684.
Contemporary Notables of the name Pitcock (post 1700)
- Charles Clayton Pitcock Jr. (1958-2016), American NFL and USFL Center and guard who played from 1983 to 1987
- Helena Pitcock (b. 1956), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2004 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Pitcock 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: Seigneur, je te prie, garde ma vie
Motto Translation: Lord, I beseech thee, save my life.