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Pittendrigh Early Origins



The surname Pittendrigh was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat. However, This ancient Clan, known as Pittendreich of that Ilk, conjecturally was most likely to be from Moravia, and came to Scotland in the train of Queen Margeret, second wife (1069) of King Canmore.

Queen Margeret, herself a royal refugee, was a learned churchwoman. She was appalled by the barbaric state of the Royal Scottish court. She recruited many European nobles, mostly Norman, but traveled as far east as Silesia and Moravia. Among them was Malcolm de Moravia who invited John of Pethindreich to witness a charter passing the lands of Lamebryde to his son William de Moray in 1278.

It was customary to invite relations or "friendly" important witnesses, men and women of stature, to affix their seals and names to such transactions, thus it is likely that John of Pethindreich was either a relative, or a very close friend and Chief of his Clan. Since Malcolm of Moravia was still carrying the territorial name his ancestors acquired in 1070 it must be assumed he was a large landowner who chose not to identify with a single property, i.e. Lambryde and possibly that also of the original Pittendreich.


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Pittendrigh Early History


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Pittendrigh Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pittendrigh research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1410, 1478, 1600, 1678, 1572 and 1578 are included under the topic Early Pittendrigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pittendrigh Spelling Variations


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Pittendrigh Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Pittendreigh, Pittendrich, Pittendrigh, Petyndricht, Pettindrecht, Petindrech, Peddendreycht, Pithendreich and many more.

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Pittendrigh Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pittendrigh Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Pittendrigh In Ireland


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Pittendrigh In Ireland



Some of the Pittendrigh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 77 words (6 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pittendrigh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Helen Pittendrigh, who arrived in Canada sometime between 1863 and 1901

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pittendrigh (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pittendrigh (post 1700)



  • Colin Pittendrigh (1918-1996), British-born, American biologist, regarded as the "father of the biological clock"

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