Pitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished surname Pitt 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 Pitt family originally lived in the settlement of Pett in Kent, in the place named Pitt in Hampshire, or in any low-lying area resembling a pit or hollows. The surname Pitt is derived from the Old English words pytt, which means pit. Pitt belongs to both the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, or other places, and the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

However, one source notes that the family could have been Norman in origin as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae noted "Richard and Turstin Peet are mentioned 1198. "From the [coat of ] arms the well-known family of Pitt is the same as that of Pet or Pette of Kent and Sussex. " [1]

Early Origins of the Pitt family

The surname Pitt was first found in Dorset at Blandford (Blandford Forum), a parish, in the union of Blandford, hundred of Coombs-Ditch. "The church [of Blandford], with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt in 1711, by Governor Pitt, ancestor of the Earl of Chatham and of Lord Camelford; it is in the Grecian style, and contains the remains of many of the Pitt family." [2] Thomas Pitt (1653-1726), the famed English merchant and progenitor of the family of note was born here.

Important Dates for the Pitt family

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Pitt 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 Pitt, Pit and others.

Early Notables of the Pitt family (pre 1700)

Prominent in the family at this time was John Pitts (1560-1616), an English Roman Catholic scholar and writer; Arthur Pits (1557-1634), and English Catholic priest from Iffley; John Pits or Pitseus (1560-1616), English Catholic divine and biographer from Alton, Hampshire; Sir William Pitt (1559-1636), an English courtier and politician, Member of Parliament for Wareham (1614-1625); Sir James Pytts of Kyre, High Sheriff of Worcestershire; and his son, Edward Pytts (1606-1672), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Worcestershire in 1654 and for Leominster in 1660; Edward Pitt (died 1643), an English landowner and politician, Member...
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Migration of the Pitt family to Ireland

Some of the Pitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pitt migration to the United States

Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Pitt were

Pitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Pitt, who landed in Massachusetts in 1621 [3]
  • Mathew and Richard Pitt, who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Henry Pitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [3]
  • Rowland Pitt, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Gyles Pitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [3]
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Pitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Pitt, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • Rowland Pitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • Richard Pitt, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [3]
  • Benjamin Pitt, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [3]
Pitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Pitt, aged 44, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 [3]
  • Samuel Pitt, who landed in New York in 1830 [3]
  • Lazurus Pitt, who arrived in New York in 1839 [3]
  • James Pitt, who landed in New York in 1844 [3]
  • Thomas H Pitt, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
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Pitt migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pitt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Harry Pitt, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. William Pitt U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]
Pitt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Johann Pitt, aged 26, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855
  • Maria Pitt, aged 23, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855
  • August Pitt, aged 8, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855
  • Caroline Pitt, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855

Pitt migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Pitt, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Pitt, (b. 1823), aged 17 born in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK convicted in Devon on 25th February 1840, sentenced for 7 years for stealing from a person, transported aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1842 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [6]
  • Charles Pitt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847 [7]
  • Charles William Pitt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847 [7]
  • James Pitt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849 [8]
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Pitt migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Major Col. George Dean Pitt, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [9]
  • Henry Pitt, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Artemesia" in 1854
  • Mr. Pitt, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Solent" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th July 1857 [10]
  • Andrew Pitt, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Pitt, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
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Contemporary Notables of the name Pitt (post 1700)

  • William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (b. 1963), Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor
  • Charles Redding Pitt (1944-2016), American attorney and chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party
  • Harvey Pitt (b. 1945), former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Michael Carmen Pitt (b. 1981), American actor
  • Milton B. Pitt, American politician, Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1917-18 [11]
  • Mark B. Pitt, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Edgecombe County, 1905-12 [11]
  • Justin D. Pitt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2008 [11]
  • John R. W. Pitt, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Dorchester County, 1823 [11]
  • John R. Pitt, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Dorchester County, 1826 [11]
  • John E. Pitt, American politician, Delegate to Missouri State Constitutional Convention 8th District, 1845-46 [11]
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Historic Events for the Pitt family

HMAS Sydney II
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • James Andrew Campbell Pitt (1964-1988), American Student from South Hadley, Massachusetts, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [13]

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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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  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 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARINER 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Mariner.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The GLEN HUNTLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849GlenHuntly.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  13. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
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