Show ContentsPitfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Pitfield name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Pitfield was originally derived from a family having 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 Pitfield lived in an area that was known for its many hollows of pitted ground,

Early Origins of the Pitfield family

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

Early History of the Pitfield family

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Pitfield Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pitfield include Pittfield, Pitfield, Pitfeild, Pitfeld, Pittfeld, Pitville, Pittville, Petfield, Pettfield, Petwell, Pitfell, Pittfell, Pitwell and many more.

Early Notables of the Pitfield family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Pitfield of Dorset

United States Pitfield migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Pitfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Pitfield, who landed in Maryland in 1663 1
Pitfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Pitfield, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1759
Pitfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Bryan Pitfield, who was naturalized in New York, NY in 1832

Canada Pitfield migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pitfield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. George Pitfield U.E. (b. 1749) who settled in Sussex, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1827 2

Australia Pitfield migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pitfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Pitfield, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Pitfield (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Baron Pitfield (1903-1999), English composer, poet, artist, engraver, calligrapher, craftsman, furniture builder and teacher
  • Hon. Peter Michael Pitfield (1937-2017), Canadian politician, Senator for Ottawa-Vanier, Ontario (1982-2010), Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada and Secretary to the Cabinet under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau from 1975 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1982
  • Robert H Pitfield (d. 2004), Canadian banking executive
  • Ward C. Pitfield, Canadian co-founder of the stock brokerage firm, Pitfield, MacKay, Ross which later became Dominion Securities, the investment arm of the Royal Bank of Canada
  • Ward Chipman Pitfield (b. 1925), retired Canadian financier and Thoroughbred racehorse owner, trustee of the Ontario Jockey Club, son of Ward C. Pitfield
  • Tex Pitfield (b. 1959), Canadian President and CEO of Saraguay Petroleum
  • Jane Pitfield (b. 1954), Toronto city councillor

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William James Pitfield (d. 1912), aged 25, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking 4

  1. 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)
  2. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook