Pitre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Pitre 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. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Pitre is derived from the personal names Peter and Patrick. These two names were frequently confused in Scotland since the Gaelic forms of Patrick were Pádair and Pátair. The Flemish Pitre family is believed to be descended from a family named Peters who migrated from Antwerp in Belgium to Cornwall during the 12th century. From there, the family moved to Kincardine, Aberdeen, and Caithness in Scotland.

Early Origins of the Pitre family

The surname Pitre was first found in Kincardineshire 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 Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Pitre family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pitre research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1612, 1688, 1643, 1714, 1703 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Pitre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pitre 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 Petrie, Petree, Petre and others.

Early Notables of the Pitre family (pre 1700)

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pitre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Pitre migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Pitre

Pitre Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Pitre, who landed in South Carolina in 1755 [1]
  • Margueritte Boudreau Pitre, aged 46, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1785 [1]
  • Marie Richard Pitre, aged 42, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785 [1]
  • Martin Pitre, aged 22, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1785 [1]
  • Natalie Pitre, aged 50, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Pitre migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pitre Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Olivier Pitre, aged 24, who landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767

Contemporary Notables of the name Pitre (post 1700) +

  • Glen Pitre (b. 1955), American screenwriter and film director
  • Austin Pitre (1918-1981), American Cajun music pioneer
  • John Pitre (b. 1942), American visionary art painter
  • Audie Thomas Pitre (1970-1997), accomplished American bass guitarist
  • Albert Pitre (1848-1928), French neurological physician
  • Giuseppe Pitrè (1841-1916), the great Italian folklorist was also a medical doctor, professor, and senator
  • Louise Pitre (b. 1957), Canadian actress in musical theatre on Broadway and in Canada
  • Joseph George Didier "Cannonball" Pitre (1883-1934), Canadian professional ice hockey forward

The Pitre 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: Fide sed vide
Motto Translation: Trust but take care.

  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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