Pitner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Pitner was an occupational name for a cooper or a barrel maker. The name was derived from the Old German word "bute," which means "cask."

Early Origins of the Pitner family

The surname Pitner was first found in Bohemia, where the family came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Pitner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pitner research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1773 and 1804 are included under the topic Early Pitner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pitner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bittner, Bitner, Bitnner, Bittener, Bitener, Pittner, Pitner, Buettner, Boettner, Bottner, Botner, Boetner, Buetner, Bettner and many more.

Early Notables of the Pitner family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Pitner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Pitner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pitner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • P L Pitner, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
Pitner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elisabeth Pitner, aged 10, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Maria Pitner, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Stefan Pitner, aged 14, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Suzanna Pitner, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Josip Pitner, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Pitner (post 1700) +

  • Jaroslav Pitner (1926-2009), Czech ice hockey coach who lead their national Olympic team to silver and bronze medals at the 1968 Winter Olympics and 1972 Winter Olympics
  • Ernst Pitner (1838-1896), Austrian lieutenant who accompanied Archduke Maximilian to Mexico in 1864


The Pitner 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: Virtute foris prudentia domi
Motto Translation: By virtue of prudence at home and abroad


  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)


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