Pittaway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Pittaway comes from the two Old English words "pytt" and "weg" and denoted one who lived along the path to a pit or hollow.

Early Origins of the Pittaway family

The surname Pittaway was first found in the West Midlands.

Early History of the Pittaway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pittaway research. Another 42 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1704 and 1757 are included under the topic Early Pittaway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pittaway Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pitway, Pittway, Pittaway, Pitteway and others.

Early Notables of the Pittaway family (pre 1700)

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United States Pittaway migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pittaway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John P. and Will E. Pittaway, who were naturalized in Pennsylvania in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Pittaway (post 1700) +

  • Lucas Pittaway, American actor, known for The Snowtown Murders (2011), Spine (2012) and Snowblind (2014)
  • Mr. Ian Martin Pittaway B.E.M. (b. 1956), British Chairman for The Robert Clack Development Trust, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to the community in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham [1]
  • Neil Pittaway, British editor, known for his work on To Serve Them All My Days (1980), The Phoenix and the Carpet (1976) and Henry V (1979)
  • Ashleigh Pittaway, British gold medalist skeleton athlete at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics
  • Nigel Pittaway, Australian freelance aviation and defence writer


The Pittaway 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.


  1. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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