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The ancestors of the first family to use the name Pitillo lived among the Dalriadan people of ancient Scotland. The name Pitillo was given to someone who lived in either of two places called Pittilloch; the first is near Freuchie in the county of Fife, while the second is in Glenfarg, in the county of Perth.

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The surname Pitillo was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very early times, and are conjecturally descended according to Historian, Hugh MacDonald, from the MacLullichs, who claim descent from Angus, grandson of Somerled, Lord of the Isles, the original name being Patilloch or Patillock.

Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Pitillo has been spelled Patilloch, Patillock, Patillo, Pattillo, Pattullo, Patullo, Petillo, Pettillo, Petullow, Pitilloch, Pitillo, Pittillo and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pitillo research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1305, 1423, 1452, 1585, 1690, 1754 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Pitillo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pitillo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Pitillo were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Pitillo Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Pitillo, who landed in Virginia in 1716

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  • Anthony Pitillo, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 8th District, 1954


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