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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.

Pitre Early Origins



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.

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Pitre Spelling Variations


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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.

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Pitre Early History


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Pitre Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pitre research. Another 227 words (16 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.

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Pitre Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pitre Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Margueritte Boudreau Pitre, aged 46, landed in New Orleans, La in 1785
  • Marie Richard Pitre, aged 42, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785
  • Martin Pitre, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1785
  • Natalie Pitre, aged 50, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pitre Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Olivier Pitre, aged 24, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pitre (post 1700)


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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 Pitrč (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

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 8 June 2016 at 15:51.

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