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The distinguished surname Pitman emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Pitman family originally lived in any low-lying area resembling a pit or hollows. The surname Pitman is derived from the Old English words pytt, which means pit, and mann, which means man. The surname Pitman belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Pitman Early Origins



The surname Pitman was first found in Devon, but we must look to Normandy, France to find the earliest record of the name. There we found Maingot Piteman who was listed in 1198 in the Magnum Rotulum Scaccarii Normanniae... [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Uban Piteman was listed in the Assize Rolls of Norfolk in 1203 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
and John Piteman was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Buckinghamshire. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Pitman Spelling Variations


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Pitman Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Pitman, Pittman and others.

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Pitman Early History


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Pitman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pitman research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pitman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pitman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pitman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pitman 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



The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Pitman:

Pitman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Pitman, who landed in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Joseph Pitman, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1658
  • John Pitman, who settled in New England in 1663
  • John Pitman, who landed in New England in 1663
  • Mary Pitman, who landed in Virginia in 1665-1666
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pitman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Walter Pitman, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Francis Pitman, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • James Pitman, who arrived in Virginia in 1719

Pitman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Pitman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816

Pitman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Cory Pitman U.E., (Cary) who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 he was a Fifer in Jessup's Corps [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Russell Pitman U.E., (Pilman) who settled in Fredricksburg [Greater Napanee], Ontario as well as land at Thurlow [Belleville], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the King's Loyal American Rangers, married to Diannah Van De Bogart having 5 children, he died in 1837 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Pitman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Pitman, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • James Pitman, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • William Pitman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Emma Pitman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • John Pitman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pitman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Pitman, aged 23, a shoemaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Mary Pitman, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • W.W. Pitman arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Belle Creole" in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pitman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pitman (post 1700)



  • Timothy Henry Hoolulu Pitman (1845-1863), American businessman of the Kingdom of Hawaii, son of a high chiefess; he fought in the American Civil War and was taken prisoner and sent to Libby Prison in Richmond
  • Joseph Pitman (1788-1875), American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 12th District, 1851-52
  • John Himes Pitman (1890-1950), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928
  • John Douglas Pitman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956
  • John Pitman, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, 1820-24
  • James N. Pitman, American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois Democratic State Committee, 1862-64
  • George Winthrop Maston Pitman (1819-1898), American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 12th District, 1870-72
  • Francis A. Pitman (1901-1991), American politician, Mayor of Roselle, New Jersey, 1953-54
  • Charles Wesley Pitman (1816-1871), American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 14th District, 1849-51
  • Joseph Pitman (1823-1908), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Bartlett, 1902
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Pitman Historic Events


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Pitman Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Robert Charles Pitman, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Herbert Pitman (1877-1961), English third officer on the RMS Titanic, survivor of the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Pitman


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Suggested Readings for the name Pitman



  • Sills & Cliburn & Pitman By Isom L. Stephens.
  • Descendants of William Pitman, 1647-1700, of Boston, Mass. & Portsmouth, N.H. by Harold Minot Pitman.
  • Ancestors and Descendants of Flower Wilkins and George Pitman: Somersetshire, England, 1796 to the United States, 1985 by Oscar Truman Johnson.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

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