The name Pitta is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from Paeda
the first Christian King of Mercia. The surname Pitta referred to the son of Paeda
which belongs to the category of patronymic
surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
which meant son,
were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius,
which meant son.
By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Pitta family
The surname Pitta was first found in Somerset
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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Pitta family
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Pitta Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pitta include Pidcock, Piddock, Pidocock, Pitcock, Pittock and others.
Early Notables of the Pitta family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pitta family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Pitta Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Marceline Pitta, aged 22, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1836 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Pitta (post 1700)
- Dennis Gregory Pitta II (b. 1985), American NFL football tight end for the Baltimore Ravens
- Eduardo Pitta (b. 1949), Portuguese poet, fiction writer and essayist
- Miguel Athie Pitta (b. 1986), Caymanian football goalkeeper who represented the Cayman Islands during World Cup qualifying matches in 2011
The Pitta 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: Seigneur, je te prie, garde ma vie
Motto Translation: Lord, I beseech thee, save my life.