Pithill is an old Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to a person who was a person who worked as the pedder. Pedlars
often carried his wares in a pack as he traveled throughout the countryside. But the name was originally derived from the Old English word pedder,
which meant wicker worker
or someone who worked with baskets.
Early Origins of the Pithill family
The surname Pithill was first found in Devon
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 Pithill family
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Pithill Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Pithill has been recorded under many different variations, including Pedler, Pedlar, Pedlow, Pedley, Pegler, Pedder and many more.
Early Notables of the Pithill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pithill family to Ireland
Some of the Pithill family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Pithill family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pithill or a variant listed above: Francis and Robert Pedler, who settled in St. Christopher in 1633; Roger Pedlers, who settled in Virginia in 1655; George Pedley, who settled in Virginia in 1660.
The Pithill 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: Animo non astutia
Motto Translation: By courage, not by craft.