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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.

Pitt Early Origins



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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Thomas Pitt (1653-1726), the famed English merchant and progenitor of the family of note was born here.

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Pitt Spelling Variations


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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.

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Pitt Early History


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Pitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pitt research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1804, 1560, 1616, 1559, 1636, 1614, 1625, 1606, 1672, 1654, 1660, 1643, 1624, 1625, 1694, 1660, 1679, 1627, 1686, 1660, 1679, 1680, 1639, 1697, 1653, 1713, 1653 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Pitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent in the family at this time was John Pitts (1560-1616), an English Roman Catholic scholar and writer; 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...

Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pitt In Ireland


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Pitt In Ireland



Some of the Pitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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
  • Mathew and Richard Pitt settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Henry Pitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Rowland Pitt settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Gyles Pitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Pitt, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Rowland Pitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Richard Pitt, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • Benjamin Pitt, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

Pitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Pitt, aged 44, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Samuel Pitt, who landed in New York in 1830
  • Lazurus Pitt, who arrived in New York in 1839
  • James Pitt, who landed in New York in 1844
  • Thomas H Pitt, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [2]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

Pitt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Johann Pitt, aged 26, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855
  • Maria Pitt, aged 23, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855
  • August Pitt, aged 8, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855
  • Caroline Pitt, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855

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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Charles Pitt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • Charles William Pitt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • James Pitt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849
  • S.B. Pitt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Pitt arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Artemesia" in 1854
  • Andrew Pitt, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Pitt, aged 29, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Andrew Pitt, aged 10, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Frederick Pitt, aged 21, a blacksmith, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pitt (post 1700)



  • Charles Redding Pitt (1944-2016), American attorney and chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party
  • Mark B. Pitt, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Edgecombe County, 1905-12
  • Justin D. Pitt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2008
  • John R. W. Pitt, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Dorchester County, 1823
  • John R. Pitt, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Dorchester County, 1826
  • John E. Pitt, American politician, Delegate to Missouri State Constitutional Convention 8th District, 1845-46
  • DeForest C. Pitt, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 3rd District; Elected 1963
  • Charles R. Pitt, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, 1994-
  • Betty Pitt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1988
  • Milton B. Pitt, American politician, Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1917-18
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Pitt Historic Events


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Pitt Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. William Harold Pitt (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Lewisham, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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

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Motto


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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: Per ardua liberi
Motto Translation: Free thro' difficulties.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Pitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pitt 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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